Vera Vivian Leola Norman passed away at the Canyonlands Care Center in Moab, Utah on July 25, 2014. She was surrounded by her children.

Vera was born on April 23, 1924 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

She was preceded in death by a son Robert Gregory, her parents Larry and Toolie Norman, her older brothers Larry L. (Mary (also deceased)) Norman, and Robert “Bob” (Diane) Norman.

Vera was raised in Garner, Texas. She enjoyed farm life with her mother, father, brothers and grandmother.

Vera was very creative and quite talented. She enjoyed crocheting rag rugs, oil painting, writing short stories and was a wonderful poet. She was also the author of a published book called “Slanguage”, that her brother Bob illustrated. She taught herself to play the piano by ear. She loved music and loved playing the wash board in the “Happy Notes Band” at the Grand Center.

Vera loved life and thoroughly enjoyed laughing and having fun. She had a colorful and vibrant personality. You would always see her with colorful outfits, sometimes wearing a hat and novelty sunglasses.

She worked for many years as a secretary for the Safeway Produce Manager in Dallas, Texas and later was a secretary in her brother, Robert’s office in Moab.

Vera had 6 children: Robert Gregory Bohannon (deceased), William “Bill” (Joanna) Bohannon, Denver, CO.; Linda Bohannon, LaSal, UT.; Richard “Bo” (Bonnie) Bohannon, Moab, UT.; Cary Vint Cady, Moab, UT.; Callie (Robert) DeWitt, Pueblo, CO. She had 13 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.

The family would like to give a very special thanks to Dr. Ken Williams and Melody Sakrison from Moab Family Medicine also Staff and Volunteers at the Canyonlands Care Center for their tender and loving care of their mother. They will always have a special place in our hearts! A special thanks to Ginger Clark for her years of devotion and friendship to mom.

Family, friends and community are invited to a “Celebration of her life” on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Moab Rotary Park. Wearing a hat or colorful sunglasses in honor of Vera is encouraged.


By Vera (Norman) Cady 1989

I have a favorite child;

He was my first, you see.

He wormed his way into my heart,

so bright and charming is he.

I felt one favorite was not enough;

I had to have another.

Two years passed by… then a baby girl

was born to this proud mother.

She is my favorite, I must say;

My love for her is strong.

She, like the rest…. In this mom’s eyes,

Can’t possibly do any wrong!

These two favorites were a joy to me

For three and one-half years;

Then came along another son

that gave me joyful tears.

He is my third child, and second son;

How can I be so blessed,

to have this precious son to love?

Yes, he’s my favorite, yes!

Eight more years I did have,

to enjoy these favorites of mine.

What happened then: You guessed right,

another boy this time.

He’s another favorite,

I’ll have you to know;

From a beautiful, lovable boy,

to a handsome young man he did grow.

After three and one-half years,

came another of the feminine gender.

She was so very tiny,

friends feared I’d never raise her.

She also is my favorite child;

I could never love anyone more

than this sweet precious, pretty girl.

that one cannot but adore.

So…. You see, I have got a favorite child;

Five…. as a matter of fact.

They fill my heart, they give me love;

Any void in my life they counteract.