Velma Jane Huntington Levi
Velma Jane Huntington Levi was one of identical twin girls born on October 24, 1920, to Ada (LaPorte) Huntington and Franklin Huntington. The twins were born on a farm near Brooks, Iowa. Velma attended a country school, Jasper No. 2, in Adams County. When the twins were in eighth grade, their school teacher had them enter the county spelling contest, which they won: Velma first place, and Selma second. Velma attended high school in Corning graduating in 1938 with a class of 88 students. After high school, Velma obtained her Normal Training Certificate and taught school until 1941.
On January 18, 1941, she married Jesse LaVerne Levi in Maryville, MO. To this union four children were born: three daughters and one son.
On December 7, 1953, she married George Isman, Jr., who had a son Richard T. (Dick), and along with her children, they made their home six miles west of Lenox. Velma was a wonderful homemaker. She tended big gardens, was a terrific cook and prepared many meals for her family, friends and hired hands. Her children remember getting off the school bus and smelling the aroma of fresh baked cinnamon rolls and doughnuts. Velma enjoyed sewing for her children and grandchildren, and also making quilts. She taught Sunday school at Fairview Church and also at the Lenox Methodist Church. The family enjoyed being members of the Bedford Saddle Club. She and Junior loved playing cards and going to dances with there friends. She was a team member on a bowling league for many years. They later divorced.
On February 20, 1973, Velma obtained her cosmetology license and then opened “Vel’s Beauty Shop” in Lenox.
On January 10, 1976, Velma married Don Curry in Corning. They bought and ran a bar, “Don & Vel’s” in Cumberland, for several years. They then sold the bar and moved to a farm in Adams County to retire. The couple enjoyed traveling and playing cards. Velma was a member of the Mercer Center Church ladies group, the American Legion Auxiliary, and also belonged to a quilting club.
In the fall of 1990, Velma moved back to Lenox where she made her home. While there, she belonged to a bridge club, and kept busy with embroidery, quilting, and working crossword puzzles. When she moved and resided at Vintage Park Assisted Living, she participated along with many other residents, in a spelling bee, which she won.
Velma passed away at the Lenox Care Center on May 9, 2019 at the age of 98. She was preceded in death by her son Frank, her step-son Dick; her parents; her six sisters: Lois Valentine, Jean McAlpin, Selma Lucas, Louise Mitchell, Emily Mitchell, and Fran Livingston; two nieces and one nephew.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Patricia (Larry) Rogers, Janet (Greg) Reed, and Mary Anderson; grandchildren: David (Lori) Rogers, Paul (Marie) Rogers; Jon (Julie) Refer, Ann (Rich) Anstey, Callie (Jody) McDiffett; Chad (Renee) Levi, Jeremy (Kerri) Levi; Melanie (Matt) Olesen, Jennifer (Aaron) Rock, Mark (Kim) Anderson; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; many nieces and nephews.
Velma was a wonderful woman who loved her children, and adored her grandchildren.
Heaven has gained another angel.
Graveside services will be held at a later date at Prairie Rose Cemetery in rural Adams County. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to be determined. Memories can be shared at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.