Sowers, Vera Mae (Naff)

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sowers_vera_naffVera Mae (Naff) Sowers, age 93 of Roanoke, VA, formerly of Christiansburg, VA, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 in the afternoon, Wednesday, April 16 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Christiansburg, VA with the Reverend Doug Kanney officiating assisted by the Reverend Michael Copeland. Committal will immediately follow the service at Roselawn Mausoleum in Christiansburg. The visitation will be held prior to the service between 12:30 and 1:30 at the church.

Vera was born in November 10, 1920 to the late Benjamin F. and Emma Gay (Iddings) Naff of Floyd, VA. Vera retired from Imperial Reading, where she was employed for many years.

Vera is survived by her son, Ralph E. Sowers (Susie); grandchildren, Suzanne S. DeBerry (Trey) of Elizabethtown, PA, Emilee S. Williams (Keith) of Salem, VA; great-grandchildren, Cole and Allyson DeBerry of Elizabethtown, PA, and numerous other family members and friends.

Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley C. Sowers; brothers, Harless Ray Naff and Carmel “Tommie” Naff; sister, Eula Beatrice Vest; and grandson, Mathew David Sowers.

The family of Vera Sowers wishes to extend their gratitude to the dedicated nurses and staff of the Friendship Manor Nursing Home for their care of and kindness to Vera and her family during her time of illness.

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ― Washington Irving