Vera Kathleen Stucky Luginbill passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. Vera was born Feb. 24, 1925, in Berne, Ind., to Menno and Irene (Mosser) Stucky. She married Roger L. Luginbill on Nov. 13, 1945, in Berne, after his service in World War II ended.
Vera and Roger moved to Roswell in 1949, and made it their home for the rest of their lives. They were active in the Roswell community and were members of First United Methodist Church.
Vera was an excellent cook and loved making the Swiss-German foods she grew up on, like röschti and cakes and pies. Vera enjoyed doing handwork, especially knitting and embroidery. During her lifetime, Vera made many beautiful gifts for her family and friends. She also loved flower gardening, and raised lovely marigolds and miniature ornamental squash.
Vera was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Roger; and one grandson Jason Cart-wright. She is survived by her brother Bill Stucky and wife Karen, of Bloomington, Ind.; two sons, Terry Luginbill and wife Sandy, of Lubbock, Texas, and Brian Luginbill and wife Cheryl, of Midland, Texas; and one daughter Julie Handy and husband Steve, of Carlsbad; four grandchildren, David Luginbill, of Dallas, Eric Luginbill, of Roswell, Bradley Cartwright, of Carlsbad, and Sarah Luginbill, of Midland; two great-grandchildren, Kodi Smith and Jaxsin Cartwright; and two great-great-grandchildren, Jaedon Smith and Kase Thompson. Also surviving are two nieces, Jane Dunlap and Marsha Lard, and their families of Roswell; as well as nieces and nephews in Indiana.
Vera cared deeply about all of her family, and each one was special to her. She was never judgmental and loved unconditionally. We will miss her smile, her kind words and her calm presence in our lives. She will always be in our hearts, and we look forward to the day when we can be with her again.
A family graveside service was held March 14, 2013, and Vera was laid to rest beside her husband Roger, in South Park Cemetery.