In Loving Memory

This birthday tribute was published just weeks before the passing of an amazing woman. It includes her only published essay, and remains in this archive in loving memory of her life and legacy.


A Special Birthday Tribute for Mrs. Vera V. Thompson-Henderson

Vera is a young woman for whom the word "exceptional" does not seem sufficient.  She is the epitome of Maya Angelou's Phenomenal Woman. As the result of a mind-boggling 15+ years journey fighting a vast array of illnesses (many incurable by man), Vera is frequently also referred to as "a modern day Job." She is an irrefutable scholar, accomplished professional, faithful wife, doting mother, loving daughter, treasured friend, and steadfast Believer that Jesus is Lord. While all of these descriptions are accurate, I enjoy the privilege of simply calling her "sister." 

 
 

In honor of her 49th birthday, Vatic Expressions is publishing photographic memories and a portion of Vera's writings. Enjoy the slideshow, and then partake in her article. In it, you will find her wit, humor, and candor to be refreshing, intriguing, and truly inspirational.

Leave your well wishes and birthday greetings for Vera HERE!

December 2, 2016, Tina Augustus at Elevate Services said:

Happy Birthday, Vera!

Happy Birthday Vera! I love you so much and want to tell you that I marvel at your strength and determination to bring glory to our God, even in your sickness. You are an extraordinary woman. Here is a YouTube video with music. It has a concentric (water ripples). The water represents the Word of God and the water drop is Jesus Christ. I love you, Dear! ๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š 

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Dec. 2, 2016, LaSandra Garner-Wells at Joy&PeaceDesigns said:

Birthday wishes for Vera

Happy birthday, love. I am so happy that we have been sisters for almost 2 decades now. You are one of the kindest and most giving people I have ever met. Your love for your family and all people is truly a blessing to watch. Know that you are LOVED on this day and forever. Xoxoxo 

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December 2, 2016, Richard Henderson said:

To my amazing Wife

Happy Birthday, My Love!

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December 2, 2016, Annie Pearl Thompson said:

Happy 49th Birthday! 

Wow, it's hard to believe-- 49 years-- you and I having our Mother-Daughter disagreements over the years, and prayerfully we'll have many, many more! Ha! You think so at 77 for me? But we'll keep going forward with the grace of God. I'm glad to have Maya with me as much as I do. She brings back so many memories of you, and I'm loving every minute of it! I love you very much, always have and always will. All my love, Mom.

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December 2, 2016, Maya Ann Henderson said:

Happy Birthday, Mom! I'm sorry you're in the hospital, but I hope you're feeling better. Everybody is praying for you. I miss you and I really want you to come home, but I'll be visiting you soon! Hugs and kisses!!

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December 2, 2016, Nathan Elijah Walker said:

I miss you Auntie Vera, and I hope I see you again. I wish you weren't in the hospital so long because I've never seen someone in the hospital so long before, except for you. I want to bake cookies with you and Maya again because your cookies make me think of muffins. When you're better, I'm gonna visit you again and see Austin and invite him over to your house for a play date with Maya and me. I miss you, and Happy Birthday!

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December 2, 2016, Tina at tinalsteele@***.com said:

Happy Birthday, Beautiful!!

May this day and the ones to come be filled with love, laughter and God's abundance of joy, favor and peace!!! Love and hugs!!! 

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December 2, 2016, Tequi at tequilliap@***.com said:

Vera

Happy Birthday Vera... my big sister.... It's been toooo long. I can't believe we are grown-- well you were always grown to me.... anyway I'm extending my birthday wishes to one of the smartest women I know. Thanks for being the big sister I didn't have when I needed. Love always, Tequi.

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December 2, 2016, Marvin at timeforball@***.com said:

Birthday Wishes

Hey Vera... Shanell and I would like to say happy birthday! We are wishing you the strength to recover as well as continued blessings. Miss you, love you! 

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December 2, 2016, Penny Ojeda said (via Facebook):

Happy Birthday Vera. I pray you are showered with such Love and Peace today and every day.  ๐Ÿ’• โค โ˜ƒ ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป ๐ŸŽถ

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December 2, 2016, Wanda R. said (via Facebook):

Happy Birthday Vera. Get well soon!

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December 2, 2016, Laura Frohmader said (via Facebook):

Happy birthday, and may God grant you awesome health.

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December 2, 2016, Tanesha R. said (via Facebook):

Happy birthday, Vera.

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December 2, 2016, Judy L. said (via Facebook):

Happy Birthday, Vera!

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December 2, 2016, Troy Colbert said (via Facebook);

Happy Birthday, my dear friend. I sang to you on your voice mail. Love you much!

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December 2, 2016, Angie E. said (via Facebook):

Happy Birthday

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December 2, 2016, Carel & Ann Cole said (via Facebook):

Happy birthday, our Beautiful cousin Vera ๐Ÿ˜‡. We're sending birthday prayer angels to surround you with gifts of healing strength, comfort, and happiness. With all our love, always cuzzin. ๐ŸŽˆ โค

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December 2, 2016, Lynisse L. said (via Facebook):

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS. VERA VIRGINIA HENDERSON." SIGHT UNSEEN TO ME, BUT LOVE OVERFLOWING [FROM] MANY, ALL SHOUTING OUT BLESSED WISHES!

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December 2, 2016, Robert Turner said (via Facebook):

Happy Birthday!

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December 2, 2016, Patricia Turner Parker said (via Facebook):

I am so sorry to hear that Vera Henderson is not feeling well. Much love to you and her.  Smooches.

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December 2, 2016, Virginia Frey said (via Facebook):

Vera, you are a joy in my life! Happy Birthday! I love you! Your friend, Virginia.

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Dec. 2, 2016, Gennine Guerra-Thomas said (via Facebook):

Happy Birthday to someone who has been more than a friend to me. I pray for you and your family everyday. You remind me that God has given me strength and the courage to face things I never thought I could ๐Ÿ˜Šlove you lady โค.

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December 2, 2016, Kim Henderson said (via Facebook):

Happy Birthday to you!

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December 2, 2016, Terry McDonough said (via Facebook):

Vera, so sorry to hear you're in the hospital. Sending you hugs, prayers and well wishes.  ๐Ÿ’ž ๐Ÿ’ž ๐Ÿ’ž

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December 3, 2016, Jacqueline D. said (via Facebook):

Happy Birthday, Vera!

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December 3, 2016, Heather Smith said (via Facebook):

Good morning, Vera! Happy Cake Day, sis. I love & miss you. Get well soon.  โค ๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ˜˜

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December 3, 2016, Matthew Walker said (via Facebook):

Happy Birthday. You remind me of your daughter in that [first] picture.

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December 3, 2016, Carlton Jakes at kidz3r0@***.com said:

Happy Birthday

Just want to wish you the best on your special day. Love you.

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December 3, 2016, Pastor Brian O'Neil at Christian Concepts International Ministries said:

Vera

Best wishes to you Vera on your 49th birthday!

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December 3, 2016, Pastor Carla Smith said (via Facebook):

Happy Birthday, Vera!

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December 3, 2016, Dwight Daniel said (via Facebook):

Happy birthday, Cuz.

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Dec. 3, 2016, Roxanna Graziano-Powell said (via Facebook):

Happy Birthday, Vera! Get well soon.

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December 3, 2016, Lou Cunningham said (via Facebook):

Much love, family!

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December 3, 2016, Karen G. said (via Facebook):

Happy Birthday, Vera. Wait upon the Lord and renew your strength. You will be better soon with Gods  ๐ŸŒˆ ๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ’

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December 3, 2016, Maria W. said (via Facebook):

Happy birthday.

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December 3, 2016, Kathleen Robinson said (via Facebook):

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday sweet Vera, happy birthday to you!

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December 3, 2016, Tangela E. said (via Facebook):

Happy birthday.

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December 3, 2016, Ebony Roberts at Khavoni's Mane said:

Happiest birthday, Vera. You are such a miracle.

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December 3, 2016, Viola P. said (via Facebook):

Happy Birthday Vera!

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December 3, 2016, Brandy Brownlee-Shaw said (via Facebook):

Happy birthday, Vera!

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December 3, 2016, Cassandra Ellis said (via Facebook):

Happy birthday, hun. May God bless Vera.

In Loving Memory of our Vera who went home to be with the Lord January 1, 2017.