In Memory

Vera E. Bowman (McLaughlin)

Vera E. Bowman (McLaughlin)

Vera E. McLaughlin

July 12, 1945 - October 7, 2020

AST GREENBUSH - This world has lost a special person. Vera E. McLaughlin, a woman who cared for others as a profession, who always put others first, and who always tried to do what was right, passed away on Oct. 7, 2020.
She was born Vera Ellen Bowman to Jay N. and Theodora (Stoppenhagen) Bowman in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on July 12, 1945.
A graduate of Northside High School, Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1963 and Parkview Methodist Nursing School in 1966, Vera also earned her BS in nursing at Hartwick College, Oneonta, (class of 1990) while she raised her family and worked full-time at A.O. Fox Hospital, first in the intensive care unit, then as a nursing supervisor and in patient education.
Vera was proud to have volunteered on the Otego Emergency Squad in the 1990s.
She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in her 40s and, while the disease took its toll on her, she remained a smart, funny and creative woman until the end. She loved good jokes and bad puns. A master at Scrabble and Words with Friends, she also enjoyed puzzles and riddles. When she played games, she was known to be competitive because, "that's how you win" and she'd say it as if the thought of playing any other way was odd. Over her lifetime she dabbled in many crafts, sewing, crocheting, cake decorating and even painting and writing.
Vera is survived by her son, Shawn and his wife, Kathleen of Whitesboro; daughter, Mindy and her husband, Joel Potts of Niverville; and grandchildren, Alexander Potts, Dell Potts and Declan McLaughlin.
She was predeceased by her parents; and brother, Vern Bowman, who coincidentally died on Oct. 7 in 1979.
A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, or for those who wish, donations may be made to the MS Society (NMSS, P.O. Box 4594, New York, NY 10163).
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Published on October 8, 2020

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10/09/20 07:14 AM #1    

Patricia A. Lewton (Horoho)

I am so sorry to hear of Vera's passing and wish condolences to her family.  I remember her well at St. Joseph Elementary school. She was a great student and a friendly, kind person.  

10/09/20 11:48 AM #2    

Linda S. Banter (Blakeman)

I'm so sorry to hear of Vera's death. In our large high school class, she was one of my closer associates. We had gone to grade school together at St. Joe Center, as well. My deepest sympathy to her family. Vera will be missed.

10/10/20 09:56 AM #3    

Thomas W. (Tom) Snyder

I am sad to see another of our high school class pass away.  I remember her well, and i am also one of them that went to St. Joe Center with her.   

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