Updated: Mon 8:47 AM, May 06, 2013
Vera Faver Wyatt
December 8, 1946 - April 11, 2013
Vera Faver Wyatt, 66, of Sonoma, Calif., passed away on April 11, 2013 in Austin with her sons Chance and Andrew by her side. A private memorial will be held at a later date.
Vera was born Faver Chance Thomason on December 8, 1946, in Bryan, Texas, to William Ewing Thomason and Patience Chance Thomason. She graduated from the Bishop's School in La Jolla in 1965. She attended Briarcliff College and the University of Colorado, receiving a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1969. In the 1970s she lived abroad in England and France before moving with her family to Connecticut. In Connecticut she worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch, attended the Yale Forestry School, and raised two sons. In 1997, Vera moved back to Texas to live in Austin.
She was a sixth-generation Texan whose family settled areas of Brazos and Burleson counties in the days of the Alamo. She instilled in her sons, both now attorneys, respect for family, heritage, and public service. Her father was an attorney and entrepreneur, as well as a WWII veteran who served as a lieutenant colonel on Gen. Douglas MacArthur's executive staff. Her paternal grandfather was R. Ewing Thomason, an attorney who served as mayor of El Paso, state legislator and speaker of the Texas House, U.S. congressman from El Paso, and federal judge for the Western District of Texas. Her maternal grandfather was George G. Chance, a businessman, rancher, and cotton farmer in the Brazos valley who served as president of the National Cotton Council. In 2004, Vera retired and moved from Austin to Sonoma.
While living in Sonoma, she enjoyed volunteering, walking her Weimaraner Amber, traveling, and spending time with her friends and her sons. She had many interests and passions, including art and photography, French culture and cuisine, and great literature and biographies. She loved making new friends and sharing stories, and she always found a way to laugh and learn from life's travails.
She will be remembered for her warmth, wit, wisdom, and bravery.
Survivors include her sons, Chance Colbert Hawkins of San Diego, Calif., Andrew Aston Hawkins and his wife, Natalie, of Austin; and sister, Abigail Chance Thomason and her husband, Tom Sawyer of Lexington.