Vera Clarke-Cantrell (Owen), 94, died after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Vera was born on Sept. 20, 1922, in Hood River, Ore., to Robert and Margaret Clarke.
In 1943, Vera married Leo Cantrell. They lived in Dee and together they had three daughters, Susan, Sally, and Violet. In 1960, after the town of Dee was torn down, the family moved to Odell. Vera continued to be a homemaker and worked for Duckwall Packing House in the fall. After Leo’s fatal heart attack and all of the girls had graduated, Vera moved to Hood River and began working at Luhr Jensen. In 1978 she married Elmer Owen. They were able to do some traveling. After Elmer’s death, Vera remained in Hood River until 2009. At that time, she moved to Gresham, Ore., to live with her daughter and son-in-law until the time of her death.
Vera is survived by her brother Dick Clarke; daughters Sally Merz and Violet (Rodger) Phillips; her grandchildren Lisa Cantrell, Celeste Merz (Mark) Owens, Melissa Merz (Dane) Smith, Kenny (Anna) Merz, Tawnya Phillips (Brandon) Charlson and Leo (Christina) Phillips; her great-grandchildren Cory (Laci) Miller, Kenna Owens, Trapper Owens, Bristol Smith, Wylie Merz, Wren Merz, Jordan Charlson and Crysta Charlson; and great-great grandchildren Britta, Rylee, and Brynlee Miller. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her siblings Gilbert Clarke, Theresa Clarke-Rath, Violet Clarke-Nelson, Robert (Bob) Clarke, Alan Clarke, daughter Susan Cantrell and son-in-law Ken Merz.
Funeral services will be held at Anderson’s Tribute Center on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in Vera’s name to Hospice of Oregon.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River.
Visit AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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