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Vera Hall Reagan


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VERA HALL REAGAN, age 85, passed away peacefully from natural causes on June 19, 2015. She was born on April 24, 1930. She had been a resident of Columbia Lutheran Home in Seattle, WA since suffering a serious fracture of her leg, which left her unable to get about. Vera was born on April 24, 1930 at the Homeopathic Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. She grew up in Providence, R.I. with her two brothers, David and John, and sister Arlene. Vera graduated from Tolman High School in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1948. She had hoped to pursue a career in design, but life took other turns. Vera moved to New York City in 1949, where she met her first husband, Michael Daniel (Mike) Reagan, at McKay Publishing Company. They were married on June 23, 1951. Mike was an academic, so his positions at various schools determined their life. They moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where their first child, Deborah Susan (Debbie) was born. Afterwards they moved to Williamstown, Mass, where Kevin Michael was born. Timothy Alan (Tim) was born in North Adams, Mass. Vera and Mike also raised her youngest brother, David, from the age of 6. The family settled in Syracuse, New York, where they lived until moving to Riverside, California in 1963. After her divorce, Vera worked for the . Her love of learning and her desire to help others led her to becoming a private tutor for students with reading disabilities. This brought her great satisfaction. Vera married her second husband, Robert (Bob) Hynds, at the end of July, 1979. They had eight happy years together, until Bob's death in 1987. She remained close to Bob's son, Paul (Debbie's husband) throughout her life. Vera received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology at the University of California at Riverside in 1980. This was a tremendous accomplishment. She had always regretted not continuing her education post high school, but being a wife and mother had taken precedence. With the children grown, Vera returned to college, and she had the time of her life while attending. Ultimately, she became a popular teacher at Riverside Community College teaching people how to write their life story. She was also an ardent practitioner and teacher of yoga for many years. One of Vera's fondest memories was of visiting England as a child of 5 to see her grandmother, Jennie Barlow. She finally returned to visit England on her 70th birthday, a "roots" trip where she endeavored to rediscover her heritage. She had the opportunity to meet many of her cousins on her father's side, family she knew only by name or occasional letter. It was her crowning moment. She remained in Riverside, CA until she moved to Seattle in May 2009 to be closer to her family: Debbie and Paul, Tim and his wife, Nel, and her grandson, Timothy Michael Gadian Reagan. Vera is survived by her children, Debbie, Kevin and Tim; her brother David; and grandson Timmy. She was preceded in death by her brother John, sister Arlene, her first husband Mike and her second husband Bob.


Published in Press-Enterprise on June 28, 2015
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