For 17 years after the death of her husband, Bill, Vera Dalrymple remained on their family farm outside McCune, keeping the enterprise going with the help of her nephew.
"We were always farmers," she smiles, noting she grew up in a family of nine siblings, also a farm family.
As a young bride and mother, Vera kept busy with farm chores and seeing to her family's needs. She and Bill had two children, Roland, who lives in Pittsburg, and daughter Beverly Smith, who lives in Independence. Later, Vera joined the staff at Parsons State Hospital, where she spent 17 years as a caregiver to children.
In 2003, after an emergency trip to the hospital, Vera decided to move to town. Too healthy for health care but needing a little assistance, she found the perfect home in a one-bedroom apartment at Via Christi Village in Pittsburg.
Shortly after Vera's arrival her sister and brother-in-law, Geneva and Lyle Shipman, also moved to the Village, living in the health care courts. Vera visited her sister every day until her sister's death in 2008.
"I like it here," Vera says. "The activities are great - such a variety! It's so convenient. I don't have to go out to go to the beauty shop, or for anything except to go to the doctor. The food is good. I am well pleased with my home here."