Vera L. (Johns) Thomason was born on October 9, 1918 to Wes and Della Johns on the homestead north of Cope,Colorado. God saw she was getting tired, so He put His arms around her and whispered, “Come with me.” She departed this life at the age of 92 on August 6, 2011 at the Hillcrest Care Center, Wray, Colorado.
She grew up on the ranch north of Cope – working long hours with her family, riding a horse to and from school, and watching after her little brother, Tom. She attended school in Cope, where she met the love of her life, David “Shorty” Thomason. They were joined as husband and wife in September of 1936, and to this union they were blessed with three children, Wes, Eva and David E.
Never one to pass on the many experiences life has to offer, Vera lived each day to the fullest. Together with her dear Shorty, Vera spent many an afternoon fishing, jeeping, gardening and traveling. Boundaries never limited Vera, and even in her later years traveled to place like Alaska, Austrailia, Mexico and Europe. When her body began to fail her, she experienced new places through her coveted western novels – to which she always had one open. But nothing was more thrilling for Vera in her last days than holding one of her sweet great-great grandchildren in her arms.
As the Great Depression affected every faucet of life, Vera and Shorty did what they could to provide a better life for their young family. Among the various jobs she worked, Vera, together with Shorty, built, owned and operated a theater in Cope. After a period spent inDenver, where Vera served as supervisor of Martin Shippers Supply, she and Shorty returned to Kirk in 1974, where they settled into retirement.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Wes and Della Johns; husband, Shorty; brother, Tom; grandson, Steve Dietz and grandson-in-law, Dan Drullinger. Left to mourn are her son, Wes (Lorene) Thomason of Cope, Colorado; daughter, Eva Dietz of Kirk, Colorado and son, David (Kathy) Thomason of Schoenchen, Kansas; five grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, and twenty-two great,great-grandchildren, along with a host of other friends and relatives.
The Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cope Community Church in Cope, Colorado with Pastor Wyatt Duncan of First Southern Baptist Church of Yuma officiating. Interment followed at theCopeCemetery. Baucke Funeral Home of Yuma directed the service.