Vera Wetzel Hearing, 84, of Island City, died Friday, June 13, 2003 at home. She was born April 15, 1919 in Pendleton to Lewis I. and Floy (Wells) Wetzel.

Mrs. Hearing attended Riveria Grade School, La Grande High School, Eastern Oregon Normal School (now Eastern Oregon University) and Drapers School of Commerce. She married Ross Hearing on Sept. 5, 1975 in Newport and worked for Consolidated Freightways. She enjoyed reading, gardening, golf and bridge. She was a member of several birthday and bridge clubs, spent some time as head of the Red Cross blood drawings, was president of the Grande Ronde Hospital Auxiliary for two years, was member of the La Grande Country Club as well as Women's Auxiliary president for two years, and had the distinction of being the only women president of the Golf Club.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Mike and Sandy Babic of La Grande; stepdaughters Elizabeth Oliver of Enterprise and Sylvia Hearing of Portland; sister Floy Matthews of Beaverton; brother-in-law Virgil A. Choate; one granddaughter; and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross, in 2000; and two sisters, Louise Choate and Virginia Lewis.

A family gathering was held in Mrs. Hearing's honor on June 20 at the La Grande Elks Lodge. Funeral arrangements were made by Daniels Chapel of the Valley. Any memorial contributions may be made to the Grande Ronde Hospital Hospice, P. O. Box 3290, La Grande, OR 97850. A more complete obituary may be found at

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