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Vancouver Funeral Chapel

110 East 12Th Street, Vancouver, WA

OBITUARY

Elvira Varner

October 30, 1936June 12, 2019

Elvira Varner was born on October 30, 1936 and passed away on June 12, 2019.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 29, 2019

Memories

Elvira Varner

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Ronalee Fenrich

June 17, 2019

Elvira was my faithful helper when I went to nursing homes every 2 weeks to conduct worship services for the residents. For more than 5 years, she would chat about life with me and share her own story as we drove down the highway toward the facility we would be visiting. I learned about her homeland of Germany. She told me of her difficult childhood. She smiled (and blushed a little) when she told me about seeing the handsome American Soldier coming into her family’s restaurant, how she fell in love with him even though they didn’t speak the same language, and how she still missed him so many years after his passing. I loved our time together in the car!

I remember the time she and I were visiting and singing Church hymns in a locked Alzheimer’s ward. She was always so tender and encouraging with the residents, and one day as we were leaving I didn’t realize she had stopped to hug someone on the way out. I walked out of the hospital wing, the security doors closed behind me, and Elvira was locked on the other side. She was yelling and knocking on those doors, and kept saying “You aren’t going to leave me here!” I couldn’t stop laughing. I felt so bad about it - but she was hilarious!! I was able to find hospital staff to let her out, but she never let me forget about the time I tried to leave her behind!!

She had a lot of health scares during those years I was her pastor, so I spent quite a bit of time visiting her in the hospital. Her daughter Jackie and I always knew Elvira was starting to feel better when she would start asking for (demanding?) underwear from home. It always put Jackie and I into fits of giggles when Elvira would start insisting she get them - partially from relief, because it meant she was getting better and partially because it was just so ridiculous!

I loved Elvira so very much, and am so glad her family shared her with me!!

Elke Towle

June 17, 2019

I will always remember mom's sweet kisses all over my face especially when you made her happy and I'll always remember that sweet sweet smile.I love you momma and I will miss you til we see each other again

Tina Drew

June 16, 2019

Aunt Vi loved with all her heart, and was always so grateful. I remember when we found the German deli at Dollar's Corner. She loved to go and talk to the owner in German! She was feisty and funny and Fletcher and I will miss her.

Deanna Sanders

June 16, 2019

She is very Loving person to get to now. She will be missed.

Karen Hilby

June 16, 2019

I liked to watch family feud with her and I liked to go to the beach with her and the fair with her and I liked that she went with us to my special Olympics with me. I love you grandma😘💐

Vicky Spencer

June 16, 2019

You remind me of my own grandmother and I love how you always put everyone first and I will miss the hugs love you

jackie Hilby

June 16, 2019

My mama was the kindest woman I ever knew and she gave THE BEST hugs. I for one will miss her

FROM THE FAMILY

Together again..

FROM THE FAMILY

Together again..