October 31, 2014

Vera Lilly Dunlap

Vera Lilly Dunlap, 97, passed away Aug. 23, 2014 at Cedar Ridge Alzheimer’s Care Center in Cedar Park, Texas.

Vera is a native of Butler, Mo. where she was born on Feb.12, 1917 to Thomas Jefferson Smith and Nancy Columbia Smith. Vera met her husband Thomas Austin Dunlap at a baseball game in Butler, Mo. in 1934. They were married on Sept. 30, 1934.

Vera and her husband Tom were avid Square Dancers throughout their life together. Vera was dedicated to her family, constantly supporting her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in all of their endeavors. Vera treasured doing all she could for her family and friends, she was a wonderful hostess always enjoying cooking and entertaining for those close to her.

Vera was Deaconess in her church First Presbyterian Church in Gardner.

Vera and her girlfriends were dedicated Lady Longhorn fans for as many years as they could attend. Other interests included dominos with her girlfriends and gardening in her yard.

Vera is preceded in death by her loving husband Tom, of 50 years; grandsons: Dan Mayberry and Michael James Shaffer; and five of her siblings.

Vera is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws: Patsy and James Shaffer, of Austin, Texas and Donna and Larry Pearce, of Gardner, Kan.; grandchildren: Connie Mayberry-Green and her husband Dave, of Gardner, Kimberly Matus and her husband Benny, of Pflugerville, Texas, Deanna Shaffer, of Vista, Calif., Susan Pearce-Glover and her husband Montez, of Gardener, Thomas Shaffer and his wife Debra, of Round Rock, Texas and Jeff Shaffer and his wife Tina, of Arvada, Colo. and her 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, Austin, Texas on Aug. 26, 2014. Burial services will be held at the Gardner, Gardner, KS at 10 a.m., Aug. 29. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of America by way of Cook-Walden Funeral Home 6100 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78752 or Bruce Funeral Home, PO Box 192, Gardner, KS 66030 (913)856-7111.

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