Vera Edna Embury 5
- Born: 20 Mar 1920, Kamloops, B.C., Canada 5
- Marriage (1): Gardner Burn Thompson on 1 Jun 1941 in Sorrento, B.C., Canada
- Marriage (2): Lawrence Norman Would on 27 Feb 1965 in Kelowna, B.C., Canada
- Died: 17 Apr 1995, Mission, B.C., Canada aged 75 5
- Buried: Kelowna, B.C., Canada
Cause of her death was cancer.
Vera attended school in Kamloops. Her first job was in Kelowna, where she met her long time friend, Sally Winter, who would later become maid-of-honour at her wedding to Gardner Thompson in Sorrento. Vera and Gardner honeymooned in Banff and moved to Vancouver, where Gardner worked as a machinist in a firearms factory during the Second World War. After the birth of their two children, Gardner's career took them into the B.C. Mining Industry. Vera loved to write poems, and enjoyed playing cards with friends. When Gardner died, she moved her family to Kelowna to be back with friends, among which were Sally and Ernie Winter, Marie and Tiny Walrod, Mernie Purves, and Mayor Dick Parkinson. Vera clerked in a store for the first few months while she attended secretarial school, but moved on to a job at Kelowna General Hospital as their main receptionist, which she held for over ten years. In 1965, Vera married Lawrence Would, then Manager of Copps Shoe Store in Kelowna. They enjoyed trips to England, Mexico, the southwestern United States, Texas, and Hawaii, but most of all, Vera especially enjoyed a twice yearly visit to Reno. Vera loved to host the family for back yard barbecues at their home at 840 Glenwood Avenue. In the early 1970's, Lawrence's job took them to Haney, and then Mission, B.C., which is where she lived until she passed away. Vera was a real family person, and lovingly aware of family history and treasures. She doted on her two grand daughters, and was very proud of her children and their accomplishments.
Vera wrote the following as an addendum to her WILL;
March 10, 1985
When I die;
My eldest grandchild, Louise Andow is to have Grannie Thompson's engagement ring, and Aunt Ethel's ring, and your great Grandmother Burn's engagement ring.
Plus Grannie's silver Egg chafing dish.
To my younger grandchild Jodie Thompson, I leave my engagement ring Lawrence gave me, and the sapphire ring her parents gave me, which I dearly loved. Also the little pearl and emerald ring, plus the silver tray that was given to me in 1965 by the Kelowna Hospital Staff when I married Lawrence.
Love to you all
Vera E. Would
Vera married Gardner Burn Thompson, son of Roland Ashton Thompson and Vera Olga Cullingford Burn, on 1 Jun 1941 in Sorrento, B.C., Canada. (Gardner Burn Thompson was born on 2 Jul 1907 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA,2 died on 19 Dec 1955 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada 3 and was buried in Victoria, B.C., Canada.). The cause of his death was brain tumour.
Vera next married Lawrence Norman Would, son of Jesse Would and Elizabeth Fisher, on 27 Feb 1965 in Kelowna, B.C., Canada. (Lawrence Norman Would was born on 28 Sep 1918 in Leinan, Sask., Canada, died on 16 Jul 2007 in Kelowna B.C. and was buried in Kelowna, B.C., Canada.)