Vera Arlene Darkes (nee Deck), of Myerstown, went home to her Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, October 29, 2021, at Cedar Haven at the age of 94. She was the wife of the late John F. Darkes and daughter of Emanuel and Arlene (Bicksler) Deck of Lebanon County.

Vera was born on the family farm in Shirksville, Pa, on January 9, 1927. She was a graduate of Myerstown High School and West Chester Teacher’s College. Her teaching positions took her to the Hillschool, Myerstown, Annville-Cleona School District and Jonestown Bible Church while helping John “on the farm.” Vera was a beloved teacher by her students.

Vera also had a deep love for reading and always had a stack of books read and to read by her side. She enjoyed her Bible studies, Sunday School classes, and singing in the choir over her many years, attending Mt. Zion UCC, Mt. Aetna Bible Church and Mt. Lebanon Camp Meeting.

Vera is survived by a brother, Clyde Deck. Her brother Stanley Deck died in 2007. She has many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends who shared her life. Vera will be missed for her wonderful smile and contagious laugh.

A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in Millbach Cemetery-Newmanstown. In lieu of flowers, donations, in Vera’s honor, can be made to the Myerstown Community Library 199 N. College Street Myerstown PA 17067.