Vera Oliver, 94 - February 13, 2013Vera Francis Oliver, 94, of Gothenburg passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Gothenburg.
Services will be conducted at the First Presbyterian Church, 1020 Lake Ave., at Gothenburg on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Matt Coplen officiating. Interment will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the North Platte Cemetery.
A visitation will be at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg on Monday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 8 p.m.
Oliver was born Aug. 26, 1918, at Tryon, daughter of Charles A. and Lena Belle (Parkhurst) Daly. She grew up in McPherson County and graduated from McPherson County High School in 1934.
She taught elementary school in rural McPherson County until her marriage to Chancy A. Goodwin in 1936. She was married to Chancy Goodwin, Sr. from 1936 until his death in 1957. She then was married to Claren Goodwin in 1965 until his death in 1974. She was then united in marriage to Harold D. Oliver in 1977 who preceded her in death in 1998.
Oliver resided at several places including North Platte, Nampa, ID, Tacoma,WA, and in Gothenburg. While in Gothenburg, she was employed with Peterson’s Supermarket as a department manager.
She was a member of the Gothenburg Presbyterian Church where she was ordained as an elder in 1976.
Oliver was involved with many church and Lions Club activities. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the former Prisoners of War Auxiliary.
She kept busy with many volunteering activities and was a longtime Meals-On-Wheels volunteer.
Family activities were important to her, and she enjoyed dancing and playing cards with her friends as well as reading, puzzles and gardening, according to family members.
Oliver was preceded in death by: her three husbands; her parents, Charles Daly and Lena Daly Traphagan; a son, Charles Goodwin; daughter, Y. Jean Keahey; three brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include: four sons—Stanley (Carmen) Goodwin, Duane (Karen) Oliver, Chancy A. Goodwin, Jr. and Lane Goodwin; five daughters—W. Joan (John) Swenson, Thaine (Clifford) Freese, Kimberly (Ken) Crisman, Sandra Downs and Carmen (Stanley) Goodwin; 23 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials are suggested to the Helping Hands, 1322 Ave. I, Gothenburg, NE 69138, First Presbyterian Church, 1020 Lake Ave., P.O. Box 194, Gothenburg, NE 69138, and Meals-on-Wheels, 410 20th St., Gothenburg, NE 69138.