Vera Drewery

 

Vera Glenda Doreen Galloway Drewery

After 87 years of hanging around Chatham-Kent, as the sun was rising on Sunday, April 18, 2021, she flew out of her body and rose higher and higher. Vera Glenda Doreen Galloway Drewery was born on the family farm September 13, 1933 near Merlin. She was the Daughter of the late William and Hazel Galloway and the Wife of the late Victor Melvin Drewery. She became Mother to Karin Drewery, her husband Peter Schoeler, Sally Joyce, and Brad Drewery. She was a fun and loving Grandmother to Brennan Drewery-Schoeler, Jessica Joyce, Chloe Joyce Grim and Bryce Drewery-Schoeler. As one of a family of nine children, Vera was the sister of the late Margaret Forzley, Stella Van Den Spiegel, Mary Galloway, Florence Galloway, Diana Medizza, Roy Galloway, the late Keith Galloway, and the late Ray Galloway. Family was always an important part of her life.

She lived through her first lockdown quarantine as a child with her Mom, Aunt and Siblings and dealt with long term effects from Scarlet Fever. She told stories of her Mother posting the grocery list on the tree in the front yard so that the grocer up the block could collect it and fill the order. He would then return with the order and collect the cheque for the food that was now pinned to the tree.

 

As a child of a Veteran who was injured during WWI http://www.gatheringourheroes.ca/hero/gallaway-william-g/ , Vera was industrious and started working early in life to help her family. Her first job was most likely looking after her younger siblings along with her Aunt Mort who lived with the family. As she grew, she gathered coal lumps for the family furnace from the railroad tracks behind her house. By age eleven she was folding sheets at the William Pitt Hotel. She did a stint as a Soda Jerk at Liggetts’ Drug Store, then moved on to be a candy selling clerk and then fully uniformed (including epaulettes and striped trousers), and flashlight armed, Usherette at the Centre Theatre. When Me Too moments became too much for her at the theatre she resigned and quickly was hired by Bell Telephone as a switchboard operator. Her quick mind and management skills had her rising through the ranks in the switchboard world at “The Bell”. After marrying Mel who she met at a Rondeau Pavillion Dance, they enjoyed a few years together before their firstborn, red haired beautiful Karin came along, and Vera “retired” to become a fulltime Mom, adding dark haired Sally and blonde Brad to the mix, all within four years. She was probably the first generation of women of her family lineage to raise her children mostly on their own, without the daily helping hands of Aunts or Grandmothers. In the 1970s it was time for her to re-enter to workforce and she found a fun and friendly position behind the counter at McDonald’s, doling out fries and burgers to many locals, and earning “Employee of the Month” status several times. When it was time for lineman Mel to retire from Ontario Hydro, she hung up her McD uniform and went on the road with him in their small, cute and comfortable Mazda powered RV.

She had fond memories of RV Road-tripping – even finding Sally in the backcountry of the Rockies one year. From West Coast to East Coast they went, exploring the country without any schedules or deadlines to meet. They enjoyed a vacation with Karin & Peter to the to Dominican Republic, and Brad kept them informed of the best fishing places when he lived in the Bruce and North of GTA. After being on the road long enough they traded Putt Putt in for a spot at Summer Place on Rondeau Bay, where they enjoyed many summers with small Grandchildren visiting and crawling around their ankles.

When work schedules were far behind them, family reunions, gatherings, and wedding anniversaries were highlighted on the calendar.

During her life Vera sewed, buying her first Singer sewing machine on layaway from Star Furniture. She was an active member of Sprucedale United Church, and the UCW. She was a CGIT leader. At Christmas time she addressed over 100 cards and baked many treats. Around age 40 she took swimming lessons for the first time, and enjoyed her time on the boat with Mel a bit more after that – she read while he fished.  She became quite the reader when she finally had the time to immerse herself in books. Many of the books were passed from one sister to another, with their thumbs up or down recommendations.

After a time living with Parkinson’s, Mel passed in 2005, leaving Vera alone in a home for the first time in her life. It was tough at first, and then she began to realize the benefits of finding something where she last left it, and the other upsides of living alone.

In the fall of 2017 Vera moved to Riverview Gardens where she had excellent care and learned to live with others around her again. Some of the Staff nicknamed her “Trouble” – we will let them tell those stories. To help her pass the time Brad got her hooked on the Toronto Blue Jays and the RVG staff helped her keep up with the team’s schedules and standings. Her childhood friend Mary Elgie Rabideau lived down the hall from Vera at RVG, and is missing her tremendously. Vera’s family is ever grateful for the wonderful care and compassion she received while living at Riverview Gardens. Her Sisters were lifelong companions, friends, helpers and cohorts and the Galloway Gals miss Margaret and Vera enormously.

Vera’s family will be remembering her privately and interring her remains in Pardoville Union Cemetery at a later date. Those wishing to make a memorial donation are asked to consider Parkinson’s Canada or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

 

 

21 Comments on “Vera Drewery”

  1. Karin, Sally, Brad and family:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family on hearing of your Mom and my
    Aunt Vera’s passing. Aunt Vera’s smile was infectious and usually led to laughter and a fun time. Aunt Vera and Uncle Mel were always a big part of my great memories of the Drewery family get-togethers. May the many memories you shared with your Mom bring you love and peace at this difficult time. God’s blessings.
    Brenda, Chuck, Chad, Erin, Charlie, Bea and Sully Guyitt

  2. I never really knew Vera, although, my Mom, Mary Elgie Rabideau spoke about her many times over the years. Mom told me she has been great friends with Vera since the 6th grade. As mentioned above, when Vera moved to RVG, my Mom was SO happy to have her great friend with her and RVG arranged it so the 2 of them had all their meals together. Many times when visiting Mom, Vera was there and I introduced my wife Marisa to her and the 4 of us had some great conversations! Mom really does miss Vera a lot and….there will be an adjustment period. We are sure that Vera is in a very good place and we send our love and peaceful energy to all the family.

  3. She was always cheerful and thoughtful whenever we met…so glad have called her family

  4. Karen, Sally, and Brad. Our thoughts are with you over the next few days due to the loss of the beautiful woman we know as your mother. She will certainly be missed. The loss of someone you love is always difficult. May your many loving memories of her help you get through as those memories never go away and will always be with you. She now has her wis to fly with the angels ad continue to watch over you. Love to all Bonnie and Ivan Drewery

  5. My deep condolences to all the family. Looking at the video I remember as if it was yesterday on Churchill in Chatham lots of fun times in those 2 back yards.
    Take care of each other and keep your memories close.

    Cindy (Van Hove) Damphousse

  6. My dear Sally. What a wonderful tribute for your mom. She was one of my treasures and the pandemic has restricted my visits. I will miss our times Love and prayers to you and whole family.

  7. May a choir of Angels sing Vera to her peaceful rest.
    May she live in your heart’s forever. Sending much love to your family…xo

  8. The tribute is beautiful. I did not have the chance to meet her personally, but was fortunate to talk to her over the phone a couple of times when I was at Karin’s. It was like talking to an old friend of mine, loving and caring. And all I could feel from her was sweetness.
    May she rest in peace and love.
    I am sending love to the three of you everyday.

  9. Sally Brad & Karin so sorry for your loss a mother’s passing leaves a great emptiness May she Rest In Peace

  10. Our condolences to Stella and Family from Joyce Bennett, Janet and Derrick Lammers.

  11. A beautiful tribute to your mom and her life. We send our condolences to the entire family. Sending you ☮️

  12. I always thought Vera was such a full of life, lovely person. So enjoyed the tribute written on this site-I can picture her enthusiastically doing the things throughout her life written in the tribute.

  13. Our deepest condolences to Karen, Sally and Brad with the loss of their mom, known to us as Aunt Vera. She was a one of a kind lady. Her personality and infectious smile will always be remembered. May your memories bring you comfort through these trying days.
    Love you all,
    Pop Drewery family
    Shirley, Kevin, Randy & Michelle, Darian, Dani, Denver and Tim & Carolyn, Brent, Chad, Morgan, Paige and Zoe❤️

  14. Karin, Sally, Brad and families . . . .our heartfelt sympathies. Vera and Mel were wonderful neighbours to Charles & Elisa, and when we visited our parents/grandparents, we enjoyed our over-the-fence chats. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers
    Gerard & Yvonne Laevens, Cindy and Vicky

  15. Sally, Karin, Brad and your families,
    Our thoughts are with you as you miss your dear mother. We remember her wonderful, friendly manner and great smile. We also have so many memories of enjoyable times together at Sprucedale United with your mother and dad. Sincerely, Ruth Gosnell and Lynn Gosnell Russell

  16. Dear Sally, Brad and Karin, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. I enjoyed my visits with your Mom. She was always glad to hear about what was happening at the church, especially the plans we had for our Sunday school members. She encouraged us to go ahead and try new ways of reaching out. Vera was a very positive and uplifting person. I am sure she will be greatly missed. I am sure she will be welcomed into God’s everlasting embrace with joy. Rev. Carol Ferguson, Sprucedale United Church.

  17. Karin, Sally, Brad, your families and The Galloway Families,
    Vera was such a lovely lady and so much a part of your lives. Good memories to to keep. And the same for Margaret’s families. Thinking of you all. Murray and Mary Lou Little

  18. To Vera’s Family and also to all the Galloway sisters and brothers

    Sorry for the loss of Vera. First met her in Dresden when all the Galloways girls would get together for breakfast. Such a sweet lady. Hard time in your family losing Margaret first and now Vera. Sympathy to all and treasure all your fun memories. Pat

  19. Karin, Sally and Brad & families, I know my parents Don & Elsie Mills had many good times with your parents at Sprucedale Church. Sending sympathies to all of you and your families as you mourn the loss of your sweet Mom.
    Pam (Mills) Hall

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