Vera L. Fehling(1919-2013)

Vera was born Vera LaFrances Cooper in Yuba City, California on January 22, 1919. Vera was preceded in death by her husband of over 40 years, Emil Fehling, her mother and father Gertrude and Earl Huffman and sister, Bernice Foster. She is survived by her dear friends Julie and Ashley Watts, brother-in-law Clarence Fehling (Anita) and sister-in-law Joyce Meredith (Paul). She grew up as a young girl in San Francisco, moved to Stockton, in her early teens, and lived in Linden for a short time, but the place she loved the most and called home for 27 years of her retirement was Spotted Acres, the ranch she and Emil owned in Mountain Ranch, California. Vera was an artist who enjoyed oil painting, a hunter who bagged her first antelope at the age of 72, and a fisherman who loved spending the day fishing for trout at Highlands Lake in Alpine County. Animals always held a special place in Vera's heart. She was quite a horsewoman, and was never without at least one dog by her side, but most often had more than one. In her late teens she was quite the avid snow skier, and was about to begin training for the Olympics when World War II broke out and quashed her opportunity. Vera lived her life to the fullest and never hesitated to let you know exactly what she was thinking. Her keen wit and tenacity will be missed. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless or the SPCA in Lodi, California. Interment will be private at Cherokee Memorial Park. Please sign the online guestbook at

Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Aug. 1 to Aug. 8, 2013