Vera Mae (Wolkins) Secrest died March 20, 2019 in Hereford, TX. Vera was born May 25, 1925 in Tabor, IA. That same year her family moved to Gordon, NE. Vera met her future husband, Archie when she was a freshman in high school and vowed to marry him, which she did on July 2, 1943. After Archie returned from World War II, they moved to the Secrest’s ranch southeast of Gordon in the Sandhills where two sons were born and raised- Wynn Howard (1947) and Randy Marshal (1950). After Archie passed in 1988, Vera lived in Nebraska, Texas, Colorado, and South Dakota. Vera made a variety of friends wherever she lived. Vera was an avid card player and always seem to win. We were all pretty sure she cheated. She enjoyed bowling, feeding her family and passing that wisdom down to her daughter- in -laws and grandchildren. Vera is survived by Wynn and Carolyn of Hereford, TX. Randy and Marty of Bertrand, NE, Grandchildren, Heath, Leonard, J.D, Bridget, Bo, Jessica, Kacey, several great grandchildren and her brother Mitchell Wolkins of Alliance, NE. Also special in her life were Tyke Secrest of Rapid City, SD and Bev (Ann) Schmitt of Phoenix, AZ. She is preceded in death by her husband, Archie, her parents Ollie and Delbert Wolkins. her brother, Marshall and her sister Marguerite.
Graveside services will be held at Gordon Cemetery in Gordon, NE on April 20, 2019 at 10am. There will be a luncheon at the Legion to follow.Memorials can be sent to American Legion Auxiliary, PO Box 201 / Kathy Easton, Gordon, NE 69344.