Can you imagine living for 101 years? Think of all the changes that have occurred. Transportations, communications, space exploration, fashion, and technology. Born Vera Dora Emma Anna Schramm on August 8, 1920, in Hinsdale, Illinois. There were four children in the Schramm family of Fred & Bertha (Laue). Vera was the second child. When she was 21 years old she headed to California to marry Albert Siepp Thom who was a pilot in WWII. She lived with a girlfriend in Paso Robles for about a year and worked in a bank until Al and she could be married. On August 31, 1942, they tied the knot and had a fulfilling life. After the war they headed back to Illinois and settled in Maywood where they raised two boys, Gerald (Jerry) and James (Jim or Skippy, as his dad called him) and had a wonderful 26 years. \n\nThe next stage in her life brought her to Tucson, Arizona with long time friend and now husband Bud Horn. Golf, hiking, and traveling seemed to occupy most of their time as they went all over the US in their motorhome, usually towing a car or boat. Vera & Bud spent 17 years having adventures. After his death, Vera stayed in Tucson and continued her activities and traveling here and abroad with friends and family. \n\nVera has seen many changes in her life, but technology was not her friend. She watched and observed as the 20th century went by and always had a comment or opinion. She read the printed newspaper every day until the end. She enjoyed reading, especially romance novels. She had embroidered a set of kitchen towels for each of her girls and a tablecloth for each child and grandchild's family. She was our historian, our rock, and our friend. Sometimes change was hard, but she accepted it with grace and knew life would go on. Those that knew her will have terrific memories to cherish. In her 101 years she has touched many lives. \n\nDuring your cocktail time, have a toast to Vera with her favorite drink of bourbon and water on ice, unless it is Sunday, then a small glass of wine will suffice. \n\nGod Bless you, Vera. You will be in our hearts forever.