Vera Gaskin Shealy was born on Oct. 2, 1920 and died on Jan. 2, 2019 at the age of 98.

Born in Calhoun County, Vera resided in West Columbia until her marriage to Andrew Wilmot Shealy Jr. The couple lived briefly in Newnan, Ga., settling in Clinton, S.C. in around 1946. Vera lived in Clinton 70 years before moving to Charlotte, N.C., in 2016. She was most recently a resident of Aldersgate Retirement Community.

Her husband Andrew Wilmot Shealy Jr. and son Andrew Wilmot Shealy III preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son Torrence W. Shealy (Charlotte, N.C.), his wife, Marcie, and their children Grace and Trevor; the children of Andrew Wilmot Shealy III: Mary Margaret Shealy (Atlanta, Ga.), Andrew Wilmot Shealy IV (Mt. Pleasant), his wife Julia and their children Will and Julian; Katherine Shealy Eubanks (Flowery Branch, Ga.), her husband Steve and stepchildren Sydney and Christine; and daughter-in law Jayne Wilder Shealy (Gainesville, Ga.) and her children Bill, Brooke, Stuart and Stephen.

As a female business pioneer, Vera owned and operated Shealy’s florist in Clinton for 26 years. She was active in Broad Street United Methodist Church, as well as women’s circles and garden clubs in the area. Vera loved Clinton and her many friends. Their attention and caring allowed her to reside in Clinton years beyond her expectation.

There will be a visitation for the family at the Presbyterian Community, 801 Musgrove St., Clinton, on Friday Jan. 11, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Graveside services and burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Ave., Columbia, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12. Gray Funeral Home of Clinton, S.C. is handling arrangements.

Memorials may be sent to: Broad Street United Methodist Church, 310 N. Broad St., Clinton, S.C. 29325.