My recollection is that one of the first thoughts I had was to write an episode for Alice where things turn out really badly for Vera. Given that I wasn't in the WGA at the point, I was a lowly intern, and no one was asking me to write a script for the show, it didn't get any farther than that.
I don't really recall the resolution of things, but I think all that happened is that I offhandedly brought up "So, what happened?" when we crossed paths on the show the next Monday, and she gave a cursory, "Oh, sorry," and that was it. I still liked her -- she was a very nice person -- and we continued to get along, but after that I had no particular interest in making any effort to remain friends. She was an actress, I got it, and there are aspects of the cliche that do ring true for some.
But she was personable, talented and I'm sorry to hear of her loss.
Rather than include a clip here of Beth Howland as Vera, I figure that most places remembering her will be doing that. Instead I wanted to play her singing "(Not) Getting Married Today" from Company-- lesser-known to most people, but in some ways far more notable and I think longer-lasting.
I was going to just embed the audio of her singing the number from the Broadway Cast Album. But instead, I found something much better. This is from a great 1970 TV documentary on PBS by filmmaker DA Pennebaker on the making of that cast album of Company -- and it's the sequence when Beth Howland rehearses and then records this very difficult song.