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Vera Frederick, of Crystal River, Fla. passed away after a battle with cancer Nov. 7, 2015, under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Citrus County and the Nature Coast.
She was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, daughter of James and Helen (Cowan) Engram. Her family moved to Scotland after her birth, where she lived until she was 6 years old before returning to Canada.
Mrs. Frederick was a remarkable woman who overcame many challenges when she was younger to rise to prominence as a banker in Detroit, Mich. and later in Citrus County, Fla.
After having to drop out of high school to support her family, she later returned to school and completed her education. She was living in Windsor, Ontario when she accepted a job across the border in Detroit, Mich. as a bookkeeper at City National Bank. She eventually rose to the position of executive vice president, where she was in charge of the bank's first Master Card division.
She took an early retirement in 1982 to move from Royal Oak, Mich. to Florida with her loving husband Stephen Frederick. But being the type of person who had to be busy, she did not stay retired long.
She accepted a job a Mid State Federal Bank in Beverly Hills, where she was quickly promoted to branch manager. She was later hired to open and manage the first Florida First Federal Bank in Beverly Hills (later South Bank).
She was also active in civic organizations in Citrus County. She was a past president of Beverly Hills Kiwanis Club and a volunteer for Skill Bank, United Way of Citrus County, International Festival and Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.
But her passion was the Crystal River Lions Club, where she served more than 30 years, many of them as the civic organization's treasurer. She also managed the Lions' train depot in Crystal River.
More than anything, she loved being in her kitchen and preparing gourmet-quality meals for her family and extended family. She especially enjoyed baking and knitting, crocheting, arts and crafts.
Mrs. Frederick was preceded in death by father, James Engram, mother, Helen Corbett Cowan, stepfather, Victor E. Richardson and brothers Gordon Engram and Fred Engram.
Survivors include husband, Stephen Frederick of Crystal River, FL; son, Gordon L. Jackson of St. Marys, GA; son, Richard V. Jackson of Crystal River FL; son, Donald E. (Yolanda) Frederick of Vandalia, OH; daughter, Kathleen A. Jackson of Royal Oak, MI; sister, Margaret (Arthur) Green of Port Dover, Ontario, Canada; grandchild, Stephen Frederick; grandchild, Nichole Frederick; grandchild, Erica Frederick; grandchild, Stephen Patrick Jackson; great-grandchild, Rylie Meeds; great-grandchild, Austin Frederick; great-grandchild, Abygail Bailey; great-grandchild, Keria Frederick.
Crystal River, Florida, holds a special place in the hearts of her family and friends, and this world is a better place for having been graced by such a kind, intelligent, and loving human being.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Beverly Hills Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Nov. 10, 2015
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