Vera Lucille Miehls was born July 26, 1918, in Waterville, to George Benton Harsh and Flossie May (nee Duncan) Harsh during the Spanish Influenza epidemic. Vera Lu was the oldest of four children. Her family moved to Omak, Wash., in her childhood and she graduated from Omak High School in 1936. Vera Lu then went on to Whitworth College to become a nurse. In 1941, she went to work for Dr. Jenkins in Omak and met Richard ‘Dick’ Miehls who worked up the street at the barbershop.
Dick and Vera Lu married in February of 1947 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. After a few moves, they settled back in Omak where Dick owned a barbershop on Main Street. The had three children, Don, Carol Sue and Randy.
After her husband retired in 1985, Vera and Dick traveled in their RV, spending several winters in Mazatlan, Mexico, where they made many close friends. After spending time snowbirding between Mexico and their home in Rathdrum, Idaho, they decided to settle in Apache Junction, Ariz., where they lived until Dick’s death in 2011.
Vera Lu spent her last two years living in Lakewood, Wash., near her son, Randy, where she spent many hours with family and loving friends before passing away Dec. 21, 2013.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Dick Miehls; her eldest son, Don, in 1970; her brother, Rand Harsh; and sister, Rosemary Christiansen.
Vera Lu is survived by her son, Randy (Maggie) Miehls, of Lakewood, Wash.; her daughter, Carol Sue Overhauser, of Spokane; sister, Patricia (Rick) Hansen; grandson Brian (Margie) Overhauser; granddaughters, Michelle Weidemann and Darcy Miehls. Many nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren also survive her.
Announcements will be made regarding a memorial service for Vera Lu, which will be held in Omak later on in the spring, per her request.