Vera Reanna Ehler Farabough was born on April 9, 1922, to John and Anna Frees Ehler of Holyrood, Kansas. She passed from this earthly life on July 12, 2018, in Arlington, Texas, at the age of 96.
Vera was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Leroy Farabough, her parents, and her four siblings; Verna Smith (twin sister), Gladys Bishop, Lloyd Ehler and Harold Ehler.
Vera was raised on the family farm in Kansas and attended a country school her first eight years. Graduating from Holyrood High School in 1940, she moved to Wichita, Kan., where she graduated from Central Beauty College and established work as a hairdresser in Holyrood and in Wichita. Furthering her education and assisting with the needs of WWII, she went to blueprint school, which enabled her to work at the Boeing Aircraft Factory. She worked at Boeing as a rivet inspector for the B-29 Superfortress bomber planes. It was here that she met her future husband, Leroy. After the war ended, Vera worked at Innes Department Store in Wichita.
She and Leroy were married March 16, 1947, in the St. Paul Evangelical Church of Holyrood, Kansas. Returning to Leroy’s hometown area, the couple made their home on a farm near Nardin, Oklahoma, and raised their two daughters.
Vera’s days were filled caring for her children and supporting her husband in his work in order for their dreams to be fulfilled. She was a lady of skills and talents that always exceeded expectations and always made her family extremely proud. Although quiet in ways, Vera was an accomplished homemaker, superb seamstress and an artist in various domains. She had a strength about her that shined in everything she did. Her china-painting talent brought her awards and a request to paint for the Governor of Oklahoma. Her family proudly displays and uses some of her painted pieces in their homes.
Vera also loved to travel and was fortunate enough to visit all but three of the states within the U.S. and Europe on three occasions. Her interest in genealogy kept her active with her German relatives, who she loved and spent time with, while visiting various countries of Europe. Her greatest joy was clearly time and contact with family and relatives. She cherished her family memories and took time to write her own personal memories from childhood through later life. Vera moved to Blackwell in 2005, along with her husband, and her Texas move came about after his passing in 2013.
She was a member of the Nardin United Methodist Church and attended the First United Methodist Church of Arlington, Texas, while residing with her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and James Hall.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the United Methodist Church of Nardin. Pastor Steve Davis and Mr. Jim Roberts will officiate. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery of Nardin. Honorary casket bearers are James Hall, Charles Blohm, Brandon Hall, Andrew Hall, Dennis Smith, and John Smith.
Those left to cherish her memory are her two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon (Farabough) Hall and husband James of Arlington, Texas and Brenda (Farabough) Blohm and husband Charles of Orange, Texas; five grandchildren, Brandon Hall and wife Diana, Andrew Hall, Candace (Blohm) Ward and husband Ross (son Winston Ward), Morgan (Blohm) Lamb and husband Kenny, and step-granddaughter Amy (Blohm) Bryce (sons Barron and Austin Bryce).
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her honor with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation – Cardiovascular Disease Research, 825 N.E. 13th St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104 in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, Oklahoma 74631 or to the Nardin United Methodist Church.