Vest, Lura Lee Thomas

Lura Lee Thomas Vest, 85, of Salem died January 25, 2010. Born and bred in Salem, she was the seventh of 11 children of the late Henry Jordan and Effie Smith Thomas. Lura graduated from Andrew Lewis High School in 1948 and later took classes at Roanoke College. She was a member of Fort Lewis Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy Southern Cross Division, American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 3, and Central United Methodist Church in Salem. As a bookkeeper, she worked for many years with Sawyer Paving. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed tennis and bowling. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Edgar Vest Jr.; brothers Ray Thomas, E. Lerty Thomas, Herman Thomas and Wayne Thomas; and sisters Ora Garrett and Opal Thomas. Survivors include her daughter Lurana Lee Vest; sisters Jean Moore, Charlotte Lichtenstein and twins, Ruth Hodges and Ruby Jobe; and many nieces and nephews; special grade-school friends Mary H. Whitmire and Minnie Scott, and special caring friend, Claire. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem. Burial will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem, with the Rev. Bobby Pickle officiating. Memorials in Lura’s name may be sent to the Salem Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 291, Salem, VA 24153.

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