Nov. 8, 1944 - August 24, 2012
Verda Dianne Blake Chrysler passed on August 24, 2012, in Bend, OR, of cancer.
Verda was born November 8, 1944, in Los Angeles, CA, to James and Kathleen Thompson Blake. She moved to the Central Oregon area in 1945.
Verda graduated Bend High School in 1962, where she was active in various music, theatrical and political activities. In the late 1960s she moved to Eugene, OR, where she met and married the father of her two children, Ibrahim Hamide.
In 1985, Verda married Jon Chrysler and moved to Bellevue, WA, where she worked in sales training and in the early cell phone industry before moving to Republic, WA, to enjoy a more rural small town lifestyle. She was active in the life of the community and helped organize the Ansorge Artists Affair, a continuing annual celebration of the Arts in Curlew, WA.
In 2009, she returned to Bend to be near her family and where she continued her metaphysical studies.
She is survived by her mother, Kathleen Coyner of Bend; brother, Cliff (Marita) Blake of Lillian, AL; sisters, Kathy Blake and Julie Bibler of Bend; husband, Jon Chrysler of Republic; daughter, Soriah Hamide of Portland, OR; son, Naseem Hamide of Eugene, OR; grandson, Hassan Hamide of Eugene, OR; nephews, Jeredan Bibler of Daytona Beach, FL, and Jameson Bibler of Bend, OR; niece, Miranda Nolan (Matt, Archer) Anacortes, WA. She was preceded in death by her father.
Verda's lifelong quest for knowledge and her caring friendship will be missed by all who knew her.
Memorial gifts may be made to Children's Vision Foundation, 61451 Rock Bluff Lane, Bend, OR 97702 or Partners In Care.
A celebration of her life will be held November 18, 2-4 p.m., at the Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard Street, Eugene, OR.