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Vera Marie Stathos Shay left this world for a better place but will forever be in our hearts. Vera Marie was born to Nick and Catherine Stathos on July 12, 1930 in Denver, Colorado. At 2 years old, Vera moved with her mother, father, brother and sister to Granby, Colorado starting her love of trains following her father as he worked as a railroad section foreman. Vera attended school in Granby through the 8th grade before moving to Kremmling, Colorado to attending high school. After high school, Vera worked as a switchboard operator until she met Robert Shay. On May 31, 1953 Bob and Vera were married. To this union was born two children, Lisa Marie and Michael Lee.
Vera devoted her life to raising her daughter and son while helping her husband with the bookkeeping for his business. She also loved her family and loved being a sister, aunt, and great aunt. But she still found time to design greeting cards, be an award-winning artist and enjoy writing poetry and short stories with the Rough Writers as well as starting her day with coffee with the Moose Gang.
Vera will be missed by her family, friends, and the community. Survived by her daughter Lisa (Mark) Brownson and son Mike, her sister LaVerne (Lloyd) Bock, sister-in-law Jeanne Stathos and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband, Bob and brother Marion precede her in death. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grand County Library. Funeral services Friday November 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Kremmling Community Church. Interment at Kremmling Cemetery.
Friday, November 4th, 2011 1:00pm, Kremmling Community Church
The spirit of that woman will always live with the Frasers Writers Group. Her poetry continues to inspire us. You must be very proud to be related to her. Joan Shaw
Joan Shaw Oct 29 2012 12:00 AM
Dear family and precious friends of Vera, Vera was at one of our recent gatherings at the Fraser library and shared several of her poems with us. We were sorry to hear that she left this planet so suddenly but grateful that her life interacted with ours. We loved her spirit as well as her writings. May you be comforted by knowing that she is valued as our friend forever.
Fraser Valley Writer''s Group Nov 7 2011 12:00 AM
Was so sorry to learn of Vera's passing. She was such a sweet lady and I was proud to call her my friend. My prayers are with you all. Love, Pam
Pam Music Nov 5 2011 12:00 AM
We were so sadden to hear about Vera, she and Bob were two of our dearest friends during our 9 years of living in Kremmling. We had some good times going to the football & basketball games together. We had a lot of memorable trips to these games and even running out of gas and having to sit on the side of the road while Bob and Lloyd walked to the station (we were only about 2 or 3 miles out of town. Then they got picked up and Bob had to tell the man he ran the station in town. We had lots of laughs together. We always got a Christmas Card from her at Christmas that she designed, after we left Kremmling and moved to Junction. She will be dearly missed as was Bob.
Lloyd and Marge Wilson Nov 5 2011 12:00 AM
I am so deeply sorry for the passing of your mother. I have so many wonderful memories of Kremmling, and staying with your parents. Your mom always opened up her home to us in the summer during my mom's travels back to her home town. The laughs with Uncle Bob and Aunt Vera are memories of a childhood I hold very dear to my heart.
Donna Turner Lowry Nov 2 2011 12:00 AM