Northwest NEWS

September 7, 1998

Local News

Obituary: Vera May Westall


Vera Westall with her Welsh pony, Kayrus Peach Blossom

   Graveside services for Vera M. Westall of Woodinville, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle. Mrs. Westall died Sept. 3 in Kirkland, she was 94.
   Born Dec. 15, 1903 in Bellingham. She worked 15 years as a telephone operator in Yakima and Seattle. She was always busy cooking, doing needlework, tending her large vegetable garden, working in numerous flower beds, and caring for farm animals. Then in the late 50s she bought her first horse from Jimmy Rainwater. In the 60s she purchased a golden red Tennessee Walker filly named Golden Sun's Galaxy from Bill Nolf and exhibited her in pleasure walking horse classes, winning all over the Northwest. She supported several horse organizations including WA State Horsemen, Lake Washington Saddle Club, Hollywood Hill Riders, Tennessee Walking Horse Association and the Welsh Pony Club.
   When the pain in her back from arthritis, osteoporosis and kyphoscoliosis prevented her from mounting her smooth gaited Tennessee walker, she purchased a Welsh pony mare. Her neighbor Darryl Kelly, who raised Morgans, trained her Welsh pony Kayrus Peach Blossom to cart. At age 75 Mrs. Westall began showing her pony, winning numerous ribbons in pleasure driving and open pony pleasure driving until age 85.
   She always believed one is never too old to learn, if they are willing to try and are young at heart. Preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. Walter Westall, Mrs. Westall is survived by her son James Westall and daughter-in-law Judy Westall, grandchildren, Debborah Enders and Dianna Westall; great-grandson, Jacob Enders.