Mar. 18, 1938 - Dec. 4, 2018
Vera Louise Decker passed away peacefully on the morning or December 4, 2018, in Redmond. She was preceded in death by her sister Shirley Painter. She is survived by her sister Elaine Mishler; Children, Lorri Benefield, Donna McCormack, Susie Decker and Clint Decker; four Grandchildren, and two Great-Grandchildren.
Vera was born in Corvallis, Oregon, and raised on a farm near Bellfountain, outside Philomath OR. She went to Oregon State College in Corvallis for a year, and made great friends with her roommates, whom she remained friends with over the years. Vera married Everett Decker on August 16, 1958. They moved to Gerlach, Nevada in January, 1961, and started a Desert Land Entry. They started an Alfalfa farm in the Nevada Desert, near the Black Rock Desert. They lived there until January 1968. The family grew to four children. Lorri, Donna, Susie and Clint are the lucky children of this union. When they left the Nevada desert, Vera and Everett moved to different areas of Oregon, pursuing careers and opportunities. From Salem to Klamath Falls, Diamond, Philomath, Redmond, Brothers, Culver and finally settling back in Redmond.
After settling in Redmond, Vera pursued different adventures and careers. She worked for the US Forest Service, Sisters Ranger District and enjoyed meeting people and making their stay on the forest as pleasant as possible. Vera started Pine Tree Recreation as one of her adventures. This included establishing the mushroom picking campground near Crescent Lake and beginning a concessionaire business at Haystack Campground. Later, Vera helped start Decker Landscaping Company with her son Clint. She received several awards over her life for her help with 4-H and FFA, the National Registry of 'Who's Who', and other achievements. She always had a cheery attitude, sense of adventure, and enjoyed life and what it had to offer.
Vera loved to travel. She traveled to Africa, Australia, the Bahamas and extensively throughout the United States. She traveled with her kids, friends and alone.
Vera had what many would call Pioneer Spirit and the attitude that went with it. With a smile on her face and adventure in her heart, she was ready for what lie ahead. Vera was quick to laugh, with a laugh that was consuming and contagious. She would face adversity, tell her kids to do their best and continue to work toward what they wanted. She had several hobbies and loved spending time with her family and friends. She was incredible at toll painting, leather craft, photography and had many other talents. Her greatest talent was to smile, enjoy life and continue on with a positive attitude. Anyone who met her remembered her, liked her and truly cared for her. Everyone enjoyed spending time with her and she will be missed greatly.
A Celebration of Life will be held on January 5, 2019 at the Terrebonne Grange in Terrebonne, OR from 1 pm to 4 pm. If you would like to bring a dessert that reminds you of Vera, please do. This will be an opportunity for friends and family to remember a great lady.