Hibbard, Vera

Written by David Green.

Vera Louise Hibbard, 91, of N. Fayette St., Fayette, Ohio, died May 27, 2012, at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, where she had been a patient for several weeks.

She was born June 10, 1920, in Beaufort, N.C., to the late Joseph C. and Merle C. (Pelletier) Hill. Vera married Durwood G. “Woody” Hibbard on Dec. 30, 1944, in Bridgeton, N.C., and he preceded her in death on July 23, 2011.

Vera lived her early life in North Carolina, where she attended high school and Lewisburg College. Woody and Vera later moved to Fayette with their young family. Vera was a charter member of the Fayette Firebelles, and a member of the Fayette Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family, taking trips back to North Carolina, as well as sewing, Bingo and puzzles. Vera was a member of the Fayette United Methodist Church.

Surviving Vera are her three sons, W. Frank (and Alice) Hibbard of Noblesville, Ind., Durwood “Galen” Jr. (and Jane) Hibbard of Stryker, Ohio, and Kenneth R. (and Pam) Hibbard of Fayette; two brothers, Jessie Frederick (and Angeline) Hill of Alliance, N.C., and William Tolson Hill of Bridgeton, N.C.; two sisters, Janice Fruchey and Daveta Cuthrell, both of Bridgeton; seven grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Norma Hibbard, Virginia Freeman, and Doris Sadler; and a brother, Calvin Hill.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 31, at Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette, with Pastor Katherine Currier officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Fayette United Methodist Church.

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