She was born May 1, 1920, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of Sander and Gunda (Erickson) Swanson. She married Irving Pierson in Chicago, Ill., who preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 2002, after 59 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one son, Kenneth Pierson and a son-in-law, Jim Graham.
She is survived by two daughters, Carole Graham of Holiday Island and Karen Pierson of Downers Grove, Ill.; and two granddaughters, Kirsten Lopez and Kelly Lopez.
Vera moved with her family from Canada to Chicago, Ill. at the age of four, where she grew up and graduated from high school. She and her husband remained in the Chicago area until 1999, when they moved to Florida to be with their daughter, Carole. She had resided in Arkansas since October 2003.
Her favorite pastimes were playing cards, crossword puzzles, sewing, working with ceramics and baking.
No services are scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, Mo.
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