* Vera, the artist and designer whose name has been...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

June 20, 1993

* Vera, the artist and designer whose name has been emblazoned on brightly printed scarves, bed and table linens, draperies and sportswear for nearly 50 years, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest after surgery at Phelps Memorial Hospital in North Tarrytown, N.Y., at the age of 84. Vera Neumann, who used only her first name professionally, lived in Ossining, N.Y. She was a painter whose work was exhibited in many countries. Her designs typically began as paintings. For motifs, she preferred flowers, leaves, ferns, grass, vegetables, the sun and ladybugs. A "lady bug means good luck in every language," she said. She introduced the first signature scarf in the late 1940s. Another trend she started was collections saluting the countries she visited in her frequent travels, including Brazil, Denmark, Finland, India and Portugal.

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