Published in The Washington Post on February 19, 2011
VERA ROBERTS COLE
Passed away in her sleep on January 24, 2011, at Sunrise Retirement Home in Fair
She was 84 years old. Born in Washington, DC to Vera Marie Fraile and James W.
Roberts, she graduated from Western High School (1945) and Pratt University.
Vera worked as an art teacher, a naval illustrator and an interior designer living in
Arlington and Fairfax, Virginia. Her hobbies included painting and crossword puzzles.
Vera was a member of NHFL, Tall Fashions, NRA, Civil Air Patrol and Parkinson's
At 16 years old, she received her pilot's license in place of driver's license.
Survived by daughter, Cynthia Marie Cole; nephew, James Roberts; step-son, Barrett
Smith; granddaughter, Ashley Lynn Bevensee; and grandsons, Dustin Lee Bevensee
and Cristopher Barrett Ford. Predeceased by her loving husband, Arthur Barrett Cole
and son, Christopher Renee Cole.
Service will he held on February, 23, at 3 p.m. at Fort Myer Post Chapel, Arlington,
Virginia. The inurnment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery.
For more information, please contact Cynthia Cole at (703) 892-7371 or
Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation in memory of
Arthur Barrett Cole.
Arrangements entrusted to Maryland Cremation Services.