Vera Elizabeth Fair, 93 of Crestview, went to be with her Lord and Savior Aug.11, 2013.
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A celebration of her life will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at New Beginnings Church, 412 James Lee Blvd., Crestview.
Vera was born March 27, 1920 in Farmville, Va., to the late Horace and Flora Wright. Vera was the oldest of 12 children.
She married John R. Fair Sr. and moved to Pennsylvania, where she lived for 43 years. They had six children together.
She taught Sunday school and other Bible studies in her hometown church. Later, Vera started working for a local shirt factory. Then she went into the party planning business, working for Sarah Coventry and Celebrity Jewelry. Vera rose to the top in her career.
Then, times changed and Vera started a business selling candy. She loved to make candy and loved to eat it just as much, so she opened a candy shop, selling molds, chocolate discs and all items needed to make any type of candy. She is remembered for her chocolate-covered cherries. None anywhere could compare to hers.
There wasn't anything Vera couldn't do if she set her mind to it. She put her whole heart into everything she tried to do. '
Vera loved The Lord, life and people; she never met a stranger. She loved to plant flowers, and admired how beautiful the Lord made them grow.
Vera and John moved to Crestview in 1983, bringing most of her candy items along. She worked at the sewing factory in DeFuniak Springs. When the factory closed, she went to work at The Common Shop on Main Street.
She did alterations on formal wear and clothing. She was a wonder of a seamstress; there wasn't anything she couldn't do to clothes, gowns or tuxedos.
She also worked at The Classic Men's Store; when it closed, she worked at Mary Shop and Chantilly Place on North Highway 85 until her illness in 2004.
Vera lived with her daughter Bettie and son-in-law Glenn Phillips until she moved into Shoal Creek Rehabilitation Center in 2007. There, she enjoyed the people, bingo and crocheting until her death.
Her husband, John Fair Sr.; brothers Floyd Wright, William Wright, Otis Wright, Joseph Wright, Walter Wright and sister Sarah Sloan precede her in death.
Survivors are her brothers, Charles Wright and Robert Wright; and sisters, Mary Minnick, Della Wright and Blanche James.
Also: her children, Lonnie Fair and wife Mary of Ohio, John Fair Jr. of Crestview, Newman Fair of Arizona, Bettie Phillips and husband Glenn of Crestview, Kingsley Fair and wife Shirley of Mossy Head, and Marilyn and Dana Blair.
Survivors also include many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Vera's children stated, "Our mother was a wonderful woman. She will be terribly missed."
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Published in The Crestview News Bulletin from Aug. 16 to Sept. 15, 2013