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 Vera Maud <I>Owen</I> Black

Vera Maud Owen Black

Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington, USA
Death 9 Nov 2011 (aged 98)
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Plot Sec 121, Lot 21, Grave 2
Memorial ID 101523269 · View Source
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Even though her job as an elementary school cafeteria manager for the Beaverton School District required her to beat eggs and whip cream, Vera (Brinkley) Black was a truly kind and gentle person. She also dished out unconditional love to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other family members and numerous friends. Born in Bellingham, Wash., to Jesse Styles and Maud Deakins Owen, Vera Maud Owen joined brother, Charles. After several moves, the Owen family settled into farm life on 80 acres in Beavercreek, where Vera welcomed three more brothers - Lloyd, Jay and Richard. Sadly, her brother, Lloyd, was killed in a hunting accident when he was only ten. Vera received her elementary education in a one-room schoolhouse. While in eighth grade, she gladly assisted her teacher with the younger children's lessons. Vera attended Colton High School for two years, even though it required her to live away from her family during the week. The Owen family relocated to Portland following her sophomore year. Vera graduated from Jefferson High School in 1931. She wanted to continue her schooling and become a nurse, but supplementing the family income during post-depression years was more important. Vera had a lovely voice, but limited finances also prevented her from continuing vocal lessons. She worked at The Buttermilk Corner, a popular restaurant in downtown Portland, where she met Kefton (Ki) Black, who was to become her husband. She joined the Mazamas and added her voice to the Mazama Choir. She also enjoyed hiking and skiing activities with that group. Bike riding was another favorite activity. In later life, Vera became an avid bowler and happily participated on a bowling team. Because of Kefton's military career, Vera lived in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Port Townsend, Wash., before moving to Bainbridge Island, Wash., after WWII. In 1953, she and "Ki" moved with their three children to Beaverton. Vera worked part time at a local variety store (Rogers') and as a waitress at Dairyland, where Giovanni's pizza is now located. In 1958, Vera began serving lunches to school children, a job she loved. She worked 17 years with the Beaverton School District. Following her divorce from Kefton, Vera met and married John Brinkley, a custodian for the school district. They "adopted" each other's families and shared many happy moments gardening, rock collecting, deep sea fishing and entertaining in their house on Brier Lane in the Garden Home area. After John's untimely death, Vera lived successively in Rathdrum, Idaho, Redmond, Crooked River Ranch, Sherwood and Newberg. She is survived by her brothers, Jay Owen of Gresham and Richard Owen (Peggy) of Whittier, Calif.; her three children, Deanna Seeley, Kefton O. Black (Judy) and Lloyd Black (Annabelle); stepsons, Larry (Bev) and David Brinkley; stepdaughter, Karen Brinkley and her children; seven grandchildren, Wendy Maybee (Jeff), Alissa Mahar (Jake), Deric Weiss (Julie), Joseph Black, Brandon Black (Emiko), Cari Stephenson (Rich) and Tara Nilles; and 12 great-grandchildren, Nicholas Brumfield, Adam Brumfield, Jacob Brumfield, Gabriella Mahar, Madison Weiss, Jenna Weiss, Lia Black, Isa Black, Catie Stephenson, Rachel Stephenson, Tristin Nilles and Lucas Nilles. All of them have basked in abundant love from their "Great Grams". "Auntie Vera" will also be missed by her nieces and nephews, with whom she built many fond memories. Vera's Celebration of Life service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Riverview Cemetery Funeral Home, 0300 SW Taylor's Ferry Road, Portland.

[The Oregonian 27 Nov 2011]

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