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Vera Combs

Vera Geneva Olney was born August 8, 1909 to Carl Eugene & Maude Nora (Armstrong) Olney, on a farm south of Mount Ayr, Iowa. She was welcomed by brothers Cleo Clifton, George Robert, and sister Avis Bertha. Along with her family, Vera later welcomed sister Mary Katherine, brother Carl Eugene, and sister Opal Maude.
Vera lived in Ringgold County all of her life with the exception of four years when the family moved to Kansas. Vera attended Clipper Country School and then graduated from Redding High School in 1927. She helped take care of her grandmother, Rachel Olney, for awhile then started cooking for the Miller Café and worked at the grocery store in Redding. She also cooked at restaurants in Grant City, MO; Allendale, MO; and the Garland Hotel in Bedford, IA.
On January 12, 1940, Vera married Harley L. Combs in Troy, Kansas. She welcomed Katie, Sue, and Vance into their home. Later, Carl Edman, Lillie Ann, Helen Marie, and Vera Jean made the family complete. They made their home in Redding. Vera was a very good cook. Her light rolls, noodles, chocolate pudding, and pies were among the favorites.
Vera was a member of the Redding Methodist Church for over 70 years. She attended until her health began to fail.
Vera became a clerk at the Redding Post Office in March 1951 and became Postmaster in August 1959. She retired on November 5, 1976. In her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with family; making quilts; and doing jig-saw puzzles until her eye sight began to fail in 1991.
Vera passed away May 18, 2012 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harley in August 1992; daughters Katie Williams in May 2001 and Jean Boeckman in January 2008; son-in-law Hollis Rinehart; brothers Clifton, Robert, and Carl E., Jr; sisters Avis, Mary, and Opal.
Vera is survived by her children Ed Combs & wife June of Des Moines, Lillie Rinehart of Mount Ayr, Helen Combs of Redding, and Vance Combs & wife June of Cape Girardeau, MO; 13 grandchildren Bonnie Majors, Stephen Combs, Jimmy Williams, Mary Jo Grinnell, Jo Anne Branon, Virginia Combs, Carl Eugene Combs, Jeffery Rinehart, Lori Wimer, Amy Webber, Cheryl Misel, Amanda Rothanzl, and Barbara Ray; 22 great grandchildren Joshua, Summer, Carson, Tyler, Amanda, Shawn, Heather, Devin, Jacob, Jeremy, Justina, Brooke, Sydney, Zackery, Ryan, Becca, Dylan, Trevor, Joseph, Katie, Ali, and Becky; 9 great great grandchildren Claire, Vaughn, Gwenth, Mercy, Judah, Destiny, Ryland, Justin, and August; sons-in-law James Williams of Harlingen, TX and Gabe Boeckman of Lincoln, NE; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Her memorial fund is to the Redding United Methodist Church.

  • Open Viewing

    May 22, 2012
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    May 22, 2012
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    May 23, 2012
    1:30 PM

    United Methodist Church

    Redding, IA

  • Burial

    Wednesday May 23 2012

    Redding Cemetery

    Redding, IA


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I have been blessed to have had such a wonderful woman as her for a grandma. I will always keep her in my heart.

Posted by Jo Branon - Crittenden/Eclipse, VA - granddaughter   June 05, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Was so sorry to learn of the passing of your Mother. It is not easy to lose a loved one but may the many happy memories obtained thru the years sustain you now and in the years to come. Vera and I shared many happy years of working together in the postal service attending meetings and schooling together and it was always a joy.

Posted by Betty and Ron Conley - Mount Ayr, IA - friends   May 23, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time. Aunt Vera lived a very long and full life. Best wishes for peace in your hearts.

Posted by Bob, Sharon (Olney) & Bradley Eppersn - Jefferson City, MO - great niece and family   May 20, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM