- January 24, 1918 - January 14, 2016
- Gregory, South Dakota
of Vera's Passing
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Vera Agnes Donason Adkinson was born January 24, 1918 in Mills, NE the only child of Roy and Ellen (Higgins) Donason. She attended rural grade school and received her eighth grade diploma from the Keya Paha County School District. Vera attended and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in O'Neill, NE in June of 1936.
After graduation she attended college and then taught in the Mills School, District #3 and the Burton School, District #64.
Vera married Charles "Roy" Adkinson on June 18, 1946 at St. John's Catholic Church in Paxton, SD. They lived northwest of Springview on the Walter Moore ranch for a couple years. In 1948 they bought the John Shepperd place west of Mills where they lived and ranched all their lives. Vera and Roy enjoyed going to dances at Carlock and attending Roy's military reunions in the summer.
Vera worked hard and truly was a ranch wife. She helped in the field where needed, but the highlight of her year was when she could help work cattle. Vera also enjoyed horses and always had time for any of the neighbor children when they rode into her yard. Vera liked taking the neighbor kids fishing and would always take their picture when they stopped for trick or treating at Halloween.
Vera's husband of 51 years passed away on September of 1997. She ran the ranch with the help of her neighbors for several more years. In the fall of 2001 Vera moved to Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in Gregory. Vera passed away on January 14, 2016 in the nursing home at the age of 97 years.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
She is survived by numerous cousins and friends.
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A funeral service for Vera Adkinson of Gregory, SD, was held Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Gregory, SD with Father Andrzej Wyrostek as celebrant.
Carmen Schmitz was in charge of registration.
Music was provided by Mary Beth Gergen, pianist, and the St. Joseph Choir. Musical selections were "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say," "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," "Gift of Finest Wheat," "The Song of Farewell," and "Precious Lord Take My Hand."
Cantor was Doris Jelinek.
Lector was Doris Berens.
Eucharistic Minister was Rita Grim.
Altar Servers were Caleb Stukel and Kade Stukel.
Gift Bearers were Vera's family.
Casket Bearers were Brad Carley, Dave Schmitz, Joe Anderson, Austin Cook, Chere Stephen, and Stan Cook.
Burial was in the Olive Branch Cemetery, Mills, NE.