Vera Ellen Westinghouse was born on July 25, 1962, at the U.S. Army hospital in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. She was the fourth child born to the late Ellen and John Westinghouse. Her parents and brother George R. Westinghouse predeceased her. Vera accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Fourth Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. She attended Henderson Middle School and John F. Kennedy High School and graduated in 1980. While at JFK High School, she was the Captain of her track team and had the nickname “Motor Booty.” Vera started running track at an early age and traveled up and down the East Coast. She won first place in the Capitol District Championship in the 100M and 200M dash representing JFK High School. She was offered a track scholarship at UVA but turned it down and continued her education at Virginia Union University. She graduated in 1984 from Sydney Lewis School of Business Administration with a Bachelor of Science degree. Upon graduation she began her career as an Assistant Manager with K-Mart Corporation in Virginia Beach, VA. While working for them she managed stores in Virginia Beach, VA and Newport News, VA.
Vera’s travels took her to Ft. Campbell, KY where she had three of her children Kevin, Aeisha, and Charlissia. Her travels then took her to Naples, Italy where she had her last child Briana. While in Naples, she worked for the Department of the Navy Personnel Support Activity Detachment. During that time she received many awards, letters of appreciate and certificates for her outstanding service. She received a Letter of Commendation from the Officer in Charge and was selected for Civilian of the Quarter in 1991. While in Italy, some of the places she traveled to were Sorrento, Giada, and Morena. She visited the Romeo and Juliet shrine, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and various ancient ruins throughout Italy. Upon returning to Virginia, she worked for the Defense Distribution Depot (Bellwood) Richmond, VA. She changed careers and worked for First Union Bank for 10 years and changed careers for the last time and worked for Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services . In 2006 she attended Piedmont Community College and graduated with Honors with a Career Studies Certificate in Human Services. In 2008 she retired. She was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and aunt. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, crocheting, spending time outdoors, and loved her Dallas Cowboys. Vera was called to eternal rest on November 19, 2020. She will be missed by all who knew her. Vera leaves to cherish her memory a devoted son Kevin Jr; three loving daughters, Aeisha (Lesley), Charlissia, and Briana; sister, Teresa (Shawn), Beryl, and Yolanda; brother, John (Anne); aunt Dolores; nieces Angela (Thalmus), Markesha and Hope (DeAngelo); nephews Casper, Jasper, and Nigel; six grandchildren, Vera Jade, Naomi, Marcus, Matthew, Savanna, and Jalen; and a host of beloved relatives and friends.