July 13, 1949 ~ December 30, 2021

Born in: Hamburg, Germany
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Vera Veronica Pillans

July 13, 1949- December 30, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Vera Veronica Pillans.  She died peacefully on December 30, 2021 in Bryan, TX, surrounded by family and her husband of 50 years.

She was born on July 13, 1949 in Hamburg Germany to Nicolay and Kaleria Popoff.  Her family moved to the United States in 1950 and settled in Dallas, TX.  She attended Woodrow Wilson High School and graduated from University of North Texas in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Vera married Jim Pillans on May 13, 1972 and settled in Bryan, TX in 1979.  Here they made life-long friends, raised their three children, and spent time with their four grandchildren.  It is also here that Vera enjoyed her favorite hobbies.  She was a talented artist and seamstress who created remarkable drawings, paintings, stained glass, clothing, costumes, and crafts.  Her many friends can attest that she loved gardening, entertaining, and, of course, a good margarita.  Her wry sense of humor was appreciated by those that were closest to her, and she loved her many pets over the years.

Vera is survived by her husband Jim Pillans; son Brandon Pillans and his wife Kristen Pillans; son Ryan Pillans; daughter Keely Knight and her husband Ross Knight; and grandchildren – Nikolas Pillans, Royal Knight, Stella Knight, and Parker Pillans.

Vera’s life will be celebrated at 2pm on January 8, 2022 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan, TX.  The family would like to offer a special thanks to Stephanie Ramsdale, Vera’s caretaker, who became a close friend for the last eight years.






Memorial Service: January 8, 2022 2:00 pm

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


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  1. Jim and family,

    While I did not know your precious Vera, I know that she had to have been a wonderful person and an anchor for this family. May wonderful memories help you through this most difficult time. Peace be with you all.

    Warmest regards,
    Kevin & Lenae Scroggins

  2. Life brings tears, smiles, and memories. The tears dry, the smile fades, but the memories live on forever.

    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Debbie Holladay

  3. Jim and Kids
    Mark and I are so sorry about Vera. I’ll always remember the fun times we had making costumes for the Jr League Follies We had planned to be at service on Sat but just found out that Mark has Covid
    Our prayers are with you
    Cathy Conlee

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