PORTLAND LaVera Vera Robertson, 80, died peacefully on Jan. 13, 2011, in Portland. The daughter of Frank and Elisie (Purcell) Bridwell, she born March 22, 1930, in Stinnett, Texas.
She grew up in Texas with her six brother and sisters and during her childhood her family moved to Cottage Grove, Ore., where she graduated from high school in 1948. She then went to nursing school at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, Ore., and in 1951 graduated, becoming a registered nurse, the profession she pursued her entire working career. It was during this time she met first husband, John F. Townsend and with whom she had three children. They made their home in Ellensburg and Othello prior to divorcing in 1959.
In 1961 she married Ray Robertson, and they had a daughter. Before moving to the Ocean Park in the 1970s, they lived in the Tri-Cities, Louisiana and Colorado as her husband was in real estate development. Mrs. Robertson worked as a nurse at a local clinic for Dr. Rega and at Ocean View Convalescent Center during this time.
When Mr. and Mrs. Robertson divorced in the late 70s and Mrs. Robertson moved to Portland, where she continued to pursue her nursing career and worked for Tri-Met for years and later in medical management.
She lived and worked in Portland for 20 years, retiring in the late 1990s. After living for a short time in Bend, Ore., she moved back to the Long Beach Peninsula to live near family here, until a few years ago when she moved back to Portland to be nearer to her medical doctors. She lived independently until the last year and a half, when she moved to Cornerstone Care Option, a residential care facility that helped with her medical management.
She was full of life, loved to laugh, enjoyed gardening, reading, listening to music, but most of all enjoyed her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many who affectionately called her Gramma Ha Ha.
Survivors include her five children: David and Cindy Townsend of Powell Butte, Ore., Debbie Townsend and John Oakes of Long Beach, Marcia Townsend and Chris Bischoff of Bend, Ore., John Vukov of Issaquah, and Laurie Robertson Weigel of Portland; grandchildren, Tiffany Oakes and Brady Turner, Jared Oakes, Josh Townsend, Kristy Townsend and Greg Barton, Trevor and Maggie Townsend Casey Bischoff, Kyle Bischoff, Jack Weigel, Annie Weigel, Ellie Weigel and Madison Vukov; three great-grandchildren, Jaden Turner, Beckett Turner and Colby; her first husband John Townsend of Powell Butte, Ore., and numerous nieces and nephews.
No service will be held locally. The family requests that because of her love of gardening, a contribution can be made to Dennis 7 Dees Nursery in Portland, so the family can plant a tree in her memory.