Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970
Vera Lee Maier passed away on February 12th at the age of 82 in Sacramento California after years of successfully managing COPD. She was preceded in death by her father Eugene, mother Johnie Opal (Moppy), sister Joanne Sadler, sister Sandy Hunter, brother Jimmy Stevens, and her daughter Penelope “Penny” Noland. She is survived by her sister Tommie Linda Hall and her 6 remaining children, David; Steven; Donnie; Sandy Lynn; Robert and Wendell. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was born in Arkansas to Eugene Stevens and Johnie Opal Pearrow. After moving to California during the depression, they became migrant farm workers in orchards of the San Joaquin and San Fernando Vallies.
Vera went on to become a seamstress, hair dresser, nurse’s aid, apartment manager, Christian gift shop owner (The Angle Tree in Fruitridge Shopping Center) and church volunteer where she touched countless lives with her kindness, generosity, love of laughter, witty sayings and cookies. Although small in stature, she had a big heart for others and their well-being. Vera was compassionate for those hurting and had a deep love for her family and friends. Her famous cookies put smiles on countless faces.
Some of her favorite verses in her golden years:
Psalm 91 v.9-11 NKJV
Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
Ephesians 4 v.31-32 NKJV
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Isaiah 41 v.10 NKJV
Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Her favorite hymn:
Victory in Jesus is “my song.”
A witty version of the Serenity Prayer she liked:
“God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
and the eyesight to tell the difference.”
She loved to bake cookies and cakes, eat chocolate and grilled food, dance to a great jam session, go to church, listen to gospel music, read her bible and be with family and friends.
She liked to change the furniture around every Saturday morning and loved watching her grand kids growing up in the front yard playing and laughing as she looked out of the kitchen window while doing dishes.
She would always help people in their time of need to work through their problems with advice on anything and everything.
She loved hearing wind chimes, laughter, family talking, children playing, and a good sermon.
She loved to watch her soaps, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, NASCAR and big sporting events.
As a seamstress she had the ability to whip up a shirt or a blouse in the a blink of an eye for a special event, costume for a play or fun clothes for her grand kids.
She was smart, spunky, loving, caring, witty, and fun loving. She could make you laugh until your belly hurt or you cried.
She fed the masses with home baked cakes and her famous cookies that never failed to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Most of all she was there for anyone and everyone she could be there for, as best she could be and with the biggest heart. She lived, loved and laughed and is loved and will be missed by the countless people she has touched.
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA