Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vera Bowman

Vera Bowman of Hailey, Idaho, died at her home on July 22, 2009, at age 88 of natural causes.

Vera was born Aug. 9, 1920, in Beaver Falls, Pa., to Daniel and Elizabeth Kasonie. She grew up and attended school in Beaver Falls. As a young girl, Vera was a superstar athlete and participated in many sports. She also had aspirations of becoming an actress, having had many parts in school productions to her credit. While working in a movie theater in Beaver Falls, she met Roy Hall, her first husband, and moved west to San Diego, Calif. They later moved to Idaho Falls. Her second marriage was to Gene Bowman, until his death. Vera relocated to Hailey where she spent her remaining years.

Vera was known for her spunky disposition and endless energy. She was an avid baseball fan and watched the games with much enthusiasm and vigor. Vera had a heart of gold and was always willing to give to anyone in need, never feeling it was enough. In her earlier years she was an excellent duplicate bridge player, and enjoyed all card games. She traveled wherever her children lived, enjoying her stays at beach towns the most. Vera was a very devoted mother, loving her children more than life itself.

She spent her last years sitting by the window, looking at "her" mountains and watching the seasons go by. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Vera was truly one of a kind. We know that she is at peace, enjoying her much-needed rest in heaven.

Vera is survived by her sons, John (Marie) Hall of San Clemente, Calif., and grandchild Brandy Hall, and Bob (Debra) Hall of Bellevue and grandchildren Marisa Elizarraraz and Jeff West; her daughter, Michele Hodges of Twin Falls and grandchildren Shawn Hodges, Schelle Hodges and Cheyenne Hodges; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Byron Bowman and Roy Hall, and numerous brothers and sisters.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Wood River Valley, Box 4320, Ketchum, ID 83340.

Family and friends are invited to an informal celebration of Vera's life at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, at the Summit Apartments' community room in Hailey.

Cremation was under the care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey. Guest book and photos are available online at

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