Vera (Smith) Goss

Vera (Smith) Goss, 

August 4, 1927 – 
November 8, 2021, Wenatchee Washington, formally of Manson.
 Heaven gained an angel.  Vera was born to Everette and Emma Smith of Oshkosh, Nebraska.  On November 23, 1957, she married the love of her life, Andrew Goss, in Manson, Washington and their families were united.  The couple built their future in Manson, farming and creating memories with family and friends.   After Andy’s passing, she continued to manage the daily operations of the orchards and joined the board of directors of the Chelan co-operative, Trout Inc. as the first female board member, offering a feminine perspective to the art and labor of farming.
 Loving mother of six and beloved “Grams” to many grandchildren and their friends, her home was always open and often filled with family and strangers alike.  She was playful, open, generous, and strong, determined to glean every ounce of life possible.  She passed away peacefully at the age of 94 in Wenatchee, Washington.
 Vera was preceded in death by her parents, the father of her children, Fred Collins, her husband, Andrew Goss, her dear friend and traveling companion, Jim (Jimbo) Jackson, and her siblings Florence (Smith) Escamilla, Dorothy (Smith) Collins and John Smith.  Also preceding her in death were her beloved children Larry Collins, Linda (Collins) Morris and Mary Jo (Goss) Christofferson.
 Active with her family and community, she lived a long and full life and is survived by her daughters, Ginger (Collins) McKee, Brenda (Collins) Martin, Irene (Goss) Soth, and their families.  She will be missed dearly by more than 100 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and a host of family members and friends.
 Vera will be interred at Fraternal Cemetery in Chelan, Washington and a Celebration of Life will be held at the Manson Grange, 157 E. Wapato Way on Monday, November 29, at 1 p.m. with refreshments and fellowship to follow.


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