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Veda (Brandon) Resler

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Veda (Brandon) Resler Obituary
Veda Resler, 93 of Akron, passed away on September 17, 2017 at Akron Green House Homes.
Veda Brandon Resler was born southeast of Akron July 4, 1924. She was the oldest of 12 children, born to Clifford Wayne and Veda H. Dodge Brandon. She received her elementary education at the Goldenrod and High Prairie schools. The family moved to Onalaska, Washington in May of 1938 and lived there five and half years, returning to Akron in 1944. She attended the Onalaska High School, graduating in May of 1942. She picked strawberries through the summer months to help out with the family income. In September of 1942, she went to work in the Long Bell Lumber Company in Longview, Washington. She worked there until November of 1943, when she quit and moved back to Colorado to be closer to her family. She stayed with her grandparents a couple of years and worked at various jobs in Fort Morgan before coming back to Akron. Veda taught school at the Victory School in rural Washington County for the school term of 1945-1946. On October 19, l946 Veda married Ivis Resler. Two daughters were born to this union. Earlene Kaye was born on September 7, 1948 and Merelene Gaye on August 3l, 1950. Veda and Ivis also raised their oldest grandson, Rick Burnett. Veda was baptized in the Presbyterian Church in Akron and was active in both the church and Presbyterian Women's group, helping to serve wedding receptions, funeral dinners and dinners for other functions. She was also an Elder of the church. Veda helped with whatever needed to be done on the farm. They had a caged layer operation and when they bought their replacement pullets at the hatchery, they also gave them the cockerels. Therefore, she dressed hundreds of fryers for her family, friends and customers. She candled and graded ninety dozen eggs a week for customers. She went to the sale barn and bought baby calves and bottle fed them.
Veda belonged to four different Home Demonstration and FCE clubs, exhibiting fancy work, clothing and baked goods for the fair. Her retirement was filled with crocheting and embroidering beautiful pillowcases, dresser scarves, etc. (She lost count of the chemocaps she crocheted for hospitals, including Children's Hospital, in the 100's). She rarely, if ever, missed displaying her handy work in the county fair and winning ribbons. She was always ready to help set up the fair booth and was a North Star award winner, both local and state. Veda served as county chairwoman for the Washington County Farm Bureau. She was a 4-H leader for five years cooking for the five years and Home Health for one year. She bowled 29 years, took piano lessons after she was 60 years old, and baked and decorated wedding cakes. She was happy to get to do the cake for her parents' 50th wedding anniversary. She went on two cruises, one to Alaska and one to Panama. When Ivis was able to travel, they vacationed over much of the United States.
Being unable to safely stay in her own home alone, Veda chose to become a permanent resident of the Washington County Nursing Home. Before moving to the new nursing home facility, Veda's room was semiprivate. She was very alert and able to assist her roommates with small needs or call for nursing help if they needed assistance she couldn't provide. She considered this an honor and privilege to help her friends and the staff any time the need arose. She officially retired from that position when the residents moved into their new Green House facility.
Her honesty and integrity throughout her life will be remembered by many. Veda was always delighted to have family and friends drop by for a visit no matter whether short or longer.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Veda is survived by her daughters, Earlene and her husband JR Ewing of Craig, Colorado; and Merlene and her husband Jim Nordby of Red Oak, Iowa. She is also survived by sisters, Phyllis Draegert of Brush, Colorado, Marcelyn Patterson and husband John of Otis, Colorado; and brothers, Carroll and wife Leta Brandon of Greeley, Colorado, Earl Brandon of Denver, Colorado, Jim and Vickie Brandon, Russell and LeAnn Brandon, and Marvin and Carolyn Brandon, all of Akron. She is survived by grandchildren, Jana Sauer of Craig, Colorado, Julie Weeks and husband Ted of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kevin Sauer of Craig, Colorado and Paula Fuller and husband Rick of San Jose, California, Rick Burnett and wife Laura of Sterling, Colorado and Ivisann Carter and husband Travis of Alliance, Nebraska. Veda also leaves eight great-grandchildren, Lizabeth, Jordan and Thomas of Craig, Paul and Blake of Craig, Rylan Fuller of San Jose, California and Reince and Nevaeh Carter of Alliance, Nebraska. She is also survived by a multitude of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and friends.
Veda was preceded in death by her husband, Ivis; parents, Veda and Clifford Brandon; siblings, Wayne, Burnell and John Brandon and Velma Graves.
A funeral service was held Friday, September 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Akron. Interment followed at the Akron Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Akron Public Library or to the American Red Cross.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Sept. 21, 2017
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