Veda Carner

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Veda Carner passed away peacefully on Feb. 10 at the age of 97. She was born on Dec. 17, 1919, to Lowrey and Ava Reynolds in Arkansas. In 1935 she married Fred Carner and they began their life together in Oklahoma. They traveled to California in 1936 in the back of a truck, with all their possessions in one trunk; the cost of their ride was $10. Veda had fond memories of the trip, cooking by the side of the road and sleeping under the stars. They relocated several times to follow work opportunities, and eventually ended up in Winters, where they raised their seven children.

Veda had an amazing memory and told detailed stories of her childhood that were remarkable and interesting, filled with American history. She also had many stories about her children that never failed to keep the family entertained and laughing. Her hobbies over the years included reading, learning, sewing, listening to music, and spending time with and cooking for her family. She loved coffee, dolls, anything with frogs, teddy bears, and Native American art, her garden and flowers, and especially enjoyed decorating her Christmas tree with the many ornaments she collected. Veda was a very loving, caring, thoughtful, strong and independent person, who will remain an example and an inspiration to her family for years to come.

She is survived by her children and spouses: Robert (Linda) Carner of Sutter; Richard (Diana) Carner of Winters; Linda (Jerry) Angeli of Cloverdale; Rick (Kelly) Carner of Winters; sister Emma Goines of Skiatook, OK; son-in-laws Abe Lopez and Jim Hyer of Winters; daughter-in-law Carole Carner of Tulsa, OK; 20 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and 11 great-great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her loving stepmother, Nona Reynolds; sister Lucille Miller; brother Jimmie Reynolds; daughters Kathy Lopez and Shirley Hyer; son Ronnie Carner; granddaughter Pam Lopez; and great grandson Keenan Casas.

Graveside services will be held at the Winters Cemetery on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the First Baptist Church, 512 First Street, in Winters. The family suggests that memorial offerings be made to the charity of choice.

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