Vera Mae Curry Means of Rock Island, Texas, passed away on Nov. 18, 2022, in Columbus, Texas, at the age of 91. She was born to Ira Bertram and Dicy Mae (Wampler) Curry on April 13, 1931, in Rock, Island.
Vera was a lifelong resident of Rock Island. Her family settled in the area in the late 1800s, shortly after the town was established. She graduated valedictorian from the Rock Island Independent School District and then attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos, Texas (now Texas State University). Her work career included beginning as a desk clerk at the Holiday Inn Jr. in Columbus and then going on to manage and own the property after it became the Columbus Inn in the 1980s.
Vera enjoyed her cattle and dogs, taking in most any stray that came along. She counted and checked her cows every day, often bottle-feeding calves that could not be raised by the mama cows. She enjoyed her grandchildren, and they remember being allowed to learn to drive her car on the dirt roads of Rock Island and to ride her horse, Patches.
Many a good memory was made. She will be missed by those who loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Orval Curry; and her grandsons, Jeremy Means and John Reagan Hurr.
Survivors include daughters Arleta M. Hurr and her husband John of Liberty, Texas, and Dr. Kathryn Means Simpson, of Phoenix, Arizona; son, Robert W. Means of Rice, Texas; sister, Esther Curry of Rock Island; grandchildren, Aaron Means, Sarah Hurr, Heather Johnson, Jennifer Hogan, Heidi Morgan, Mindy Lee and J. Ryan Hurr; great-grandchildren, Claire Hogan, Ben Hogan, Lilli Lee, Abbi Lee, Kaylin Wilson and Lyla Morgan; and greatgreat grandchild Darren Wilson.
A funeral service was 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Vernon Griffin officiating. The burial followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.
Serving as pallbearers were Aaron Means, John Hurr, Anderson Lee, and Brandon Hogan.
Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice in honor of Vera Means.
Online condolences may be given at www.hennekefuneralhome.com.