Vera D. Carpenter

May 22, 1920 ‒ January 14, 2007

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Vera D. Carpenter, age 86, of West Marion Road in Mount Gilead, died on Sunday afternoon, January 14, 2007, at the Morrow County Hospital Extended Care Facility.

She was born in Richland Township in Marion County, Ohio, on May 22, 1920, the daughter of the late Roy Philip and Flossie Dora (Watters) Bender. Vera graduated from Waldo High School in the Class of 1938, and attended the Marion Business College.

During World War II, Vera served in the U. S. Navy as a Pharmacists Mate.

On September 1, 1946, Vera married her loving husband of over 52 years, Harry L. Carpenter, who preceded her in death on September 29, 1998.

Vera worked as a LPN for Sawyer Sanitarium in Marion, and performed clerical work for Ted Long’s Seed Store, Weaver’s IGA, the Union Department Store, Redmond Motors and C & D Chevrolet all in Mount Gilead.

With a thoughtful and giving nature, Vera gave of her time and efforts as a 4-H advisor for 18 years, a 50 year member of the Beta Progress Club, a member and past president of the P.T.A., a volunteer for the Morrow County Branch of the American Red Cross, and a member of the Red Hat Society, and of the Trinity United Methodist Church.

Having a passion for sewing, Vera made special quilts that will be cherished by her family. She also enjoyed tending to her flower garden; most especially her roses. Her favorite pastime had to be solving all types of word puzzles.

A fun loving woman, Vera always wanted to be involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives, whom she dearly loved. She also loved all holiday seasons and participated in many ways from decorating to baking cookies. Vera will be remembered as very selfless, giving of herself by cooking meals, shopping, and caring for those unable to take care of themselves.

She will be missed by her three daughters Linda Carpenter of Columbus, Susan (Steffan) Maschke of Mount Gilead, and Sandra Carpenter, DVM, of Mount Gilead; two grandsons Andrew and Corky Maschke; and three sisters Mary Duvall of Smithville, Kentucky, Evelyn Boston of Marion, and Virginia Mills of Winterville, North Carolina.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Vernon Bender.

The family will greet friends on Thursday from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 South Main Street, where a Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place at a later date at sea with military honors.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, P. O. Box 86, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338.

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