Hermina Maria Veraar is the Dutch-born maternal grandmother of the famous British actress Rebecca Hall. Norman Ewing was Hermina’s first husband, with whom she shared four daughters. Their youngest daughter was Maria Ewing, a famous American opera singer and mother of actress Rebecca Hall.
To find out more about this Dutch-origin American homemaker and her relationship with Rebecca Hall and Maria Ewing, keep on reading.
Private Life of Hermina Maria Veraar
Named after her mother, Hermina Maria was born to Robertus Veraar and Hermina Maria Vermeulen on September 08, 1915, in Amsterdam, North-Holland, Netherlands. Her father was born on November 28th, 1889, in Sloten, Government of Amsterdam, North-Holland, Netherlands and her mother has the same birthplace as her daughter on October 7, 1892.
She was the only child of her parents. After marrying Norman Isaac Ewing, a white African American, she became Hermina Maria Ewing, an American housewife. Norman Isaac was born on May 7, 1894, at Falls Church, Virginia, United States. He was the son of slave-born John William Ewing, a significant figure in Washington, DC’s African American community, and a descendant of Bazabeel Norman, a major African American personality of the American Revolutionary War.
No one knows how and where Hermina met Norman or when they got married. Hermina Maria Ewing gave birth to four daughters Maria, Frances, Carol and Norma. After Norman’s first wife, Margaret Culbertson, died Hermina became the stepmother of Pierre Culbertson Ewing. At the age of 74, Norman Isaac died in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States on May 1968.
Later Veraar married Joseph Merrick. Out of all her children, her youngest, Maria Louise, shared Hermina Maria’s passion for classical music and became an opera singer. Hermina Maria Merrick, formerly Varaar, was 85 years of age when she died in Macomb County, Michigan on April 17th, 2004. She was finally laid to rest in Cadillac Memorial Gardens East located in Charter Township of Clinton, Macomb County.
Maria Ewing, the Opera Singing Daughter of Hermina Veraar
On March 27th, 1950, Maria Ewing was born to Norman and Hermina Ewing in Detroit, Wayne County, United States. Maria Louise Ewing is an American opera singer who has had an extensive career on stage and screen. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and was instructed by James Levine, Eleanor Steber, and Jennie Tourel. Maria made her professional debut in 1970, singing the role of Rosina in an English-language production of Il barbiere di Siviglia in Detroit staged by the Michigan Opera Theatre. Ewing’s career has taken her all over the world, performing at some of the most prestigious opera houses and concert halls. She has sung a wide variety of roles, from the heroine in Verdi’s La traviata to the evil sorceress in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Ewing married former husband Peter Hall on February 14th, 1982, the day of love. After three months of her marriage Maria gave birth to her only daughter Rebecca, who has followed in her footsteps by pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. After separating from Hall in 1990, Ewing never remarried. She died at the age of 71 and was buried at her birthplace.
Rebecca Hall is the Granddaughter of Hermina Maria
Rebecca Hall is an English actress. She was born in London on May 3, 1982, to Peter Hall, a British director, and Maria Ewing, an American opera singer. She made her first breakthrough in the 2006 film, The Prestige, and has since appeared in several films, including The Town, The Awakening, Transcendence, and The Gift. Hall has also appeared in the television series, Spooks, and in the stage production of The Crucible.
Veraar was a homemaker and housewife who was also very involved in her local community. A lover of classical music, Veraar was also an active member of the Dutch Reformed Church. Veraar was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a talented cook and loved to entertain. Veraar was also an avid gardener and enjoyed spending time outdoors.