Vera Audrey Elmgren
Vera A. Elmgren, born June 9, 1917 died peacefully December 21, 2016 at age 99. Vera was born in Calgary, Canada to Norman and Helen Todd, the second of 3 children. The family moved to Portland, Oregon in 1921. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1935. She attended college at Oregon State University and graduated from the University of Oregon’s School of Nursing with a BSN degree. She was a pioneering RN in Public Health nursing.
Vera married Roy C. Elmgren of Portland, Oregon on November 18, 1942 at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Portland. They met each other at Oregon State University. Their 58 years of marriage was one of love and unfailing commitment to each other. Roy’s career in forestry brought Vera and their family to Medford, Oregon. Vera was dedicated to, and took great joy in raising their family of 5 children which included a son and 2 sets of twin daughters. Vera resumed her nursing career when she accepted a position as a public health nurse for Jackson County. She later became a school nurse for the Medford School District. Vera was a member of the AAUW and PEO, Chapter CP, as well as the Jacksonville Garden Club. She and her husband were longtime members of Saint Marks Episcopal Church of Medford and later, Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, and she enjoyed Bible Study Fellowship. She was a dedicated volunteer to a variety of community organizations, but was especially interested in those promoting higher education for women. Her creative outlet came in the form of baking fantas-tic pies and cakes, much to the delight of her family, as well as being an excellent seamstress. Vera and Roy enjoyed nature through many hiking and camping trips, and travels that included trips from the Antarctic to Barrows, Alaska, as well as New Zealand and Europe.
Vera is survived by her children David Elmgren (Sally), Sue Greenberg (Bob), Nancy Driskell (Don), Charlotte Olson (Dennis) and Christine Chamberlain (Steve). In addition, she is survived by 11 grand children, and 11 great-grand children.
A private family memorial service is scheduled.