Mother, daughter, sister, wife, grandma, great-grandma, great-great grandma, matriarch and friend, Vera Nita Carter Strack slipped the bonds of Earth on May 10, 2021, and left to join her ancestors and loved ones. She is at peace, even as we all recognize the hole she leaves in the hearts of those that loved her. Vera, we know, was not only dear to family, but also to so very many others who she came across in life.
Vera was born on July 6, 1924, in Fort Yukon, Alaska. She was the third of 12 children born to Harry and Stephanita (Nita) Carter. Growing up one of 12 children on the Yukon River, her life was full of adventures. Vera loved being out on the river and in the wilderness. She enjoyed skiing and dog mushing in the winter, harvesting mushrooms, berries and plants in the summer and fall. She especially loved picking berries and could spend the entire day in the berry patch, providing berries not only for the family but for so many others. A master gardener, she was known for her flower beds and abundance of vegetables.
It was not uncommon for her to drop what she was doing to help family and friends. She led by example when it came to loving unconditionally, yet, she always told us the truth as she felt it and saw it. She left a legacy of love and adventures with her family.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William E. Strack; and grandson, Todd Hughes. She left behind siblings Billie Frances Opland (since passed), Kathleen (Kitty) Quintard, Alberta (Bobbie) Rich, Michael Carter (Mary); daughters, Pamela Larsen (Steve), Pauline Loudon (Stanley), Sandra Creamer (Donald), Roxanna Wright (David Freedle), Lynette Holt (David), Donna Cole (Craig), Yvonne Mueller (David); grandchildren, Colin Larsen (Celeste), Greg Loudon (Jenny), Matthew Loudon (Brooke), Jaime Benoit (Jed), Leif Abel, Gloria Lannen, Tim O'Connor (Kendra), Ramy Brooks (Cathy), Tammy Holland (Doug), Jay Hughes (Tammy), Collette Howard (Wade), Nick Holt (Jenni), Cindi Blackman (Andrew Hounsell), William Blackman, Vera Cole, Willow Cole, Amanda Steward, Robin Adams (Austin), Sam Mueller and Sarah Ivy (Curtis); and 39 great-grandchildren, and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
The family invites you to join them for a celebration of Vera's life at noon July 31 at the Manley Hot Springs Roadhouse.
Online condolences can be made to the family at blanchardfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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Published by Daily News-Miner on Jul. 14, 2021.