Vera Belle Hammerly Brister, 89, of Orange, Texas died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at Magnolia Place in Liberty. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange. Officiating will be Judge Dennis Powell. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., Thursday at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Orange, Texas on Aug. 12, 1921, Vera was the daughter of Ida Irene (Broomes) and Charles Roy Hammerly. She worked as a CNA at Orange Memorial Hospital, and loved to work in her garden. She was a member of McDonald Memorial Baptist Church and played the ukulele at Fairdale Baptist Church in Hemphill.

Preceded in death by her husband, John Nelon Neil Brister, Vera is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Gloria Jo and Tom Swift of Liberty; son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Sherilyn Brister of Orange; 5 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers will be Colton Hudnall, Tommy Swift, John Brister, Kent Broussard, Eric Fregia, and Eric Hudnall.