Vera Elizabeth Struble, 97, Caldwell: funeral services will be held Monday

Vera StrubleVera Elizabeth Ames was born July 27, 1919 to Elmer and Sarah Ames on her family homestead in Grant County Oklahoma.  She attended New Hope Grade School one mile from her home in Grant County.  She graduated from Caldwell High School in 1937.  She was always proud of her roots and enjoyed attending CHS Homecoming.Her life changed when friends introduced her to a tall, handsome gentleman, Ivan Struble her Freshman year at CHS.  After graduation, Vera attended and completed business College in Wichita.  In 1943, while Ivan was still in the army, Ivan and Vera were married in Boluxi, Mississippi. To this union four children were born, Sharon, Steve, Sue and Shelley.Vera was the ultimate farm wife and mother and took a lot of pride in both roles.  She made clothing for her children and was a great cook.  For many years, she helped with a variety of 4-H projects including dress reviews at the Grant County Fair.  She was a member of the Red Bud Club in Grant County for over sixty years and so loved the many friendships made in this club and others.Vera loved baking breads, cookies, and pies and also canning.  Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren always knew that she’d have beef jerky waiting for them when they visited.  She won several ribbons at both the Grant County Fair and Sumner County Fair.After moving from the family farm to Caldwell, Vera began selling Mary Kay cosmetics.  She forged many friendships and loved selling her products to family as well.  Although Vera was one tough lady, she was a beautiful person both inside and out.  Looking her best was always important to Vera.Vera was a member of the United Methodist Church in Caldwell for many years.  She enjoyed attending church and was grateful to get to do so until recent years.  Her Red Hat Club was very enjoyable for Vera in her later years.  Fellowship with friends always had a special place in her heart.Family time was always a special time for Vera.  She always had something sweet for all to enjoy.  Visiting local hot spots was another pastime favorite.  Vera was able to enjoy her independence for most of her elder years, which she always valued.  Even a neighborhood cat couldn’t resist Vera’s charm and became a good companion for her.Vera was preceded in death by her parents, her three brothers, Eldon, Max and Don; her beloved Ivan; and son-in-law James Watson.She is survived by her four children, Sharon Watson, Steve Struble and his wife Brenda, Sue White and her husband Rod and Shelly Kern.  Her legacy also includes 9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; Jeff and Tina Watson; Leha Watson; Brock, Anna, Kiley and Noelle, Jayce, Austen and Jamesy Swentzel; Cory, Ami, Hanna, Trey and Hallee White; Casie, Cliff, Jalen, Jackson and Ella Risley; Cody, Kristin, Karsyn, Camden and Chandler White; Laura, Nate Mackenzie, Mallorie and Jared Lund; Brenna Struble and Braxton; Derek Kern; Bailey Kern.Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2017 at the United Methodist Church, Caldwell.  Pastor Jacob Maforo officiated.  Burton Tidwell served as organist.Interment was in the Caldwell City Cemetery, Caldwell, .Casket bearers were Jeff Watson, Leha Watson, Brenna Struble, Cory White, Casie Risley, Cody White, Laura Lund, Derek Kern and Bailey Kern.Memorials may be given in memory of Vera to the United Methodist Church or to Sumner County Hospital District #1 and left in care of the mortuary.To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit www.schaeffermortuary.infoArrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell, Kansas. read more