It is with sadness that I have read on the Clarion's Internet version about the death of Vera Howarth.
My wife, Adele, and I were able to visit with Vera while we were visiting friends and relatives in Soldotna for our 25th wedding anniversary last summer.
Having known Vera for many years, Adele wanted to make sure that we were able to see her since we had missed her the previous year.
We were able to visit with Vera. We shared many laughs and tears as we reflected upon things that had happened in all of our lives.
We also had the opportunity of praying with our friend and thanking God for such a wonderful woman.
Vera has touched many lives of the people from the Kenai Peninsula. She will be missed by many. She has truly been a person to look up to. She always had a ready smile for a friend or stranger.
I remember when I was mayor of Soldotna, Vera would encourage me as pressures mounted. As our family began to grow to the nine children that we have today, she always told us what a blessing we had.
Vera is a woman that will be missed by many. I am thankful that Adele and I had the opportunity of getting photos with her last summer, so that we can continue to reflect on a woman that was truly blessed by God.
When things get difficult, as they will, we will think about our friend Vera. We will see her smile and then thank God that He allowed us to know such a woman.
Tom and Adele Bearup
(Editor's Note: Tom and Adele Bearup have lived in Phoenix since leaving Alaska in 1982. Adele was raised in the Soldotna area and graduated from Kenai Central High School. Tom arrived in Soldotna in the summer of 1975 and became a police officer for the city shortly after. He was elected mayor of Soldotna in 1979.)
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