Vera Lee Wisdom


Vera Lee Wisdom, 95, of Sutherland, passed away Oct. 21, 2013 at the Sutherland Care Center. Vera was born July 25, 1918 to Henry and Annis (Henderson) Hughes at Hot Springs, AR. She grew up and attended school in the central Arkansas area. On May 25, 1939, Vera married Hurshel Harry Wisdom at Hot Springs, AR. In 1949, they moved to Sacramento, CA, where Hurshel worked in the construction business before moving to Grant, NE in 1951, where he started his own construction business. Vera was employed at Sullivan’s Department Store, where she developed a love for the retail clothing business. In 1961, they moved to Sutherland, NE, where Vera opened her own retail clothing business, the Sutherland Style and Bridal Shop. Finding the perfect gown for the beautiful brides and coordinating their weddings was the highlight of her business. Vera did all the alterations herself and many times handmade the flower girl and bridesmaid dresses. She would transport the dresses of the entire wedding party to the venue and was there to make sure everyone looked just right. After selling her business in 1975, Hurshel and Vera moved to Cassville, MO, where they purchased a small acreage and took pride in their large garden and fruit trees. Vera loved to quilt and made many beautiful quilts for all of her family. In 1998, Hurshel and Vera moved back to Sutherland. Vera had a great time as a member of the Sutherland Red Hat Society. Vera was a member of the Sutherland First Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her sons, Lon (Virginia) Wisdom of Sutherland and Mike (Dena) Wisdom of West Fork, AR; two granddaughters, Dawn Wisdom of Colorado Springs, CO and Heather (Jason) Marquardt of Sutherland; two grandsons, Broc (Holly) Wisdom of Fayetteville, AR and Troy (Mandy) Wisdom of Greenland, AR; one step granddaughter, Brandy Wisdom of West Fork, AR; three great granddaughters, Daisha Marquardt, Lainey Wisdom and Ava Wisdom; and one great grandson, Luke Wisdom. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hurshel; two sisters and one brother. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Sutherland First Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be shared at Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2013 at The First Presbyterian Church in Sutherland with Pastor Karen Woo officiating. According to Vera’s wishes cremation was chosen. Inurnment will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Those wishing to sign the memorial book may do so from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.