Vera Hare (Bennington)
Mum was born Vera Bennington on 14th November 1925 in North Yorkshire, England. She went to school at South Bank, and later at Lazenby when the family moved there. She always spoke fondly of the that school as it was very small, and the headmaster was famous for making Horlicks for his pupils on cold mornings.
When World War 2 began the school was closed, Mum was 13 at the time so she and a friend found jobs running sewing machines at a clothing factory. Later she worked at a large department store where she rose to be head cashier by the time she was 16. At 17 she joined the Women’s Land Army and was posted to Wiltshire, later when her mother became ill she was transferred home and met her future husband John while working at his family’s farm and dairy. In all she served six years in the Land Army and was rightly proud of her contribution to the war effort. She often spoke of the fun and camaraderie of those times when everyone was united in a common cause.
Mum and Dad were married in 1948, Elizabeth was born in 1950 and Richard in 1954. In 1970 the family farm had to be sold for a housing development and we moved to a new farm near Scarborough. Mum loved this place and was determined to make a go of it and contribute as much as she could. She started a restaurant, serving evening meals, and later built an addition onto the house and expanded to a fully licensed Bed and Breakfast business. Her meals and hospitality were famous in the area as she was an exceptional cook and loved providing top class accommodations for her guests. People would return again and again and many became lifelong friends.
In 1984 the family made the decision to move to Canada as we needed more land to provide for a growing family. The first grandchild, John, was 11 months old, and three granddaughters, Emma
Sarah and Amy were born in Alberta. Mum loved being a Grandma and enjoyed having the little ones around.
Almost as soon as we arrived in Alberta Mum and Elizabeth joined the Kevisville hobby Club and it was Mum’s social life for many years. She loved the crafts we made and more so the friends who stayed close even when the club ended.
The last few weeks Mum really enjoyed going shopping/ She seemed in a hurry to get Christmas presents bought for all the family. She also bought more clothes for herself than she had in a long time. She said she wanted to be in the fashion! Her favourite store was Walmart and we spent many hours there lately.
We will miss our special Mother. We will remember how she loved people by feeding them, how she tried to make our lives better by giving advice, (not always appreciated!), how concerned she was for our welfare and how much she loved to socialize and entertain people. She was a strong woman and left us a legacy and memories we will always treasure Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Innisfail entrusted with arrangements. 403-227-0006. www.heartlandfuneralservices.com