Vera McGladrey Harland (1923-2016) passed peacefully on Monday September 19th, 2016. She was preceded by her husband of 72 years, Tom. They are survived by their son Tom, daughter Bonnie, 6 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
Tom and Vera moved from Southern California to raise their children in Oak Run (1952-1959), and Palo Cedro. Vera was a school bus driver for Junction School District for 18 years, The Rebekahs, 4-H leader, and homemaker.
Upon retiring she regularly volunteered at Shasta Regional Hospital into her 90’s. Vera was well known for her “gift of gab”, positive energy, and strong spirit. Per her wishes, there will be no services.
Contributions can be made in her name to the Millville I.O.O.F./Rebekah Lodge or the American Diabetes Association.
An article written by Sharyn Cornelius for the Feb. 20, 2014 issue of East Valley Times for a going away party for Vera
Community gives fond farewell commemoration for Vera Harlan
Over a hundred people came to the IOOF/Rebekahs’ Hall on Feb. 8, 2014 to bid a fond farewell to longtime Palo Cedro resident Vera Harland, who will be moving to the Las Vegas area in March.
She said one of the things she had enjoyed most about the reception put on by her sisters in the Rebekahs Lodge led by Jean Rice and Gayle Hiatt was reminiscing with folks about Palo Cedro in the old days, before the Mall and the two-story Post Office building. In those days, the Post Office was at the end of the little strip mall next to Ortega’s Mexican Restaurant and it was then known as Pearl’s Drive-in. There were two local markets on the south side of the highway (which had no overpass, just stop signs on Deschutes Road)— the Palo Cedro Market (in the center of the strip mall between the Post Office and Hershel’s Garage) and Better Buy Market across the street (where Allen & Dahl’s Funeral Chapel is now).
Another thing Vera said she really enjoyed was folks who shared their memories of mutual experiences. Virginia Strawn of Oak Run told everyone how she and Vera used to judge the cooking entries at the Trinity County Fair in Hayfork every year, and one year that involved sampling pickled quail eggs and lard made from bear fat. Strawn also recalled how they used to cook for the kids at the 4-H Camp at Silver Lake in the foothills above Oak Run.
Thirty to forty of those present at the reception raised their hands when Vera’s son Tom asked if they remembered Vera as their bus driver at Junction School. She recalled that one of her favorite students invited her to his birthday party and she accepted, though later she hoped she had not started a precedent that other students would copy. She also remembered the gratitude of one of the mothers when she would drive the children down to the end of Brundage Road when it was raining instead of letting them off at Deschutes.
As for the future, Vera said her daughter Bonnie had found her a nice two-room suite in a veterans’ assisted-living facility which provides Kaiser medical coverage and daily bus service to nearby shopping and entertainment facilities. She said her granddaughter Stacy Martin would be living in the house Vera’s husband Tom built on Maynard Road.