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Verna Clare Bloom Eshelman

October 22, 1930 May 4, 2014
Verna Clare Bloom Eshelman
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Verna Clare Bloom Eshelman, 83, our wife, mother, grandmother and sister, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2014, in Friday Harbor, WA, surrounded by the love of her family.
Verna Clare was born on October 22, 1930, in Curwensville, PA, where she learned to ice skate on a frozen pond, was voted prettiest in her class, and graduated Valedictorian of her high school in 1948.  During high school Verna Clare was head cheerleader and worked in the local drug store serving sodas, where her future husband Tom spent many happy afternoons courting her.  They were married on September 6, 1948.  She was active in the Methodist Church as a member of the choir and taught Bible school.  Verna Clare, Tom and their family moved to Logan, UT, in 1964.  While in Logan, in addition to raising a family, Verna Clare was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she was an officer, visitor and sang in the choir.  She was also a member of PEO, a hospice volunteer, and she served on the Planning & Zoning Commission.  Verna Clare was an avid sewer and quilter, loved playing the piano, and, during gardening season, could be found most mornings in the garden.  Following her diagnosis with Alzheimer’s, Verna Clare and Tom moved to Friday Harbor, WA, in 2009 to be close to family. 
Verna Clare will be remembered, by those lucky enough to have them, for her amazing pies and, by everyone who knew her, for her unfailing kindness and innate sense of fairness.  She set the bar for treatment of others.  We hope each day to meet it.   
Verna Clare is survived by her loving husband, Thomas Eshelman, her children: June (Jeannine Spicer), Ansel (Desiree), Wayne (Deborah), Diane (Ken Staub), and Jennifer (Mark Flores), her grandchildren: Amy, Nick, Hannah, Marga, Kyle, Colin, Alissa, Ansel and Elijah, and her brother: Gordon Bloom.  Verna Clare was preceded in death by her son Harold (1970), father Ansel Bloom, mother Caroline Williams Bloom, sister Norma Bloom Cramer, and brother Monroe Bloom.
A memorial service will be held later this year when her ashes will be put to rest at the Logan Cemetery, next to her son Harold.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Verna Clare's memory to any hospice organization.
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