Velma Louise Cummins, 95, formerly of Redfield passed away August 31, 2019 at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center. A Celebration of Life for friends and family will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the American Legion Hall in Redfield. Private interment will be at the East Linn Cemetery, in Redfield.
Velma was born on November 1, 1923 in Adel, Iowa to parents, Frederick and Charlotte Pearl (Greenawalt) Ulrich and moved to Redfield as a young girl. She graduated from Redfield High School, where she played 1st string basketball. Her team won the sectionals and she was so proud of them.
Velma faithfully served in the US Navy from 1944 – 1946. On November 24, 1946 she was united in marriage to Albert Raymond “Stretch” Cummins in Redfield, where they raised their three sons, Raymond, Donald and Richard. She was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Redfield and the United Methodist Women. She loved to sing and sang in the church choir while her sister, Martha played the organ and piano.
Velma worked in the Redfield school lunchroom as a cook for 19 years. She was active in the school’s Booster Club and served on the election board for many years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1963 and was a past president.
Velma loved basketball and football and was still shooting baskets with her great grandchildren well into her eighties. She was an avid reader and had read almost every book in the Redfield Library. She was very active in the Redfield community.
Velma is survived by her sons, Raymond (Madeline) of Ankeny, Donald of Redfield and Richard (Rhonda) of Adel; sisters, Martha Hill of Stuart and Jo Anna Linn of Arizona; seven grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 52 years, Albert; siblings, Lois, Lavonne, Leota, John, Richard, Fred and Frank.
Her family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Spurgeon Manor for their care of Velma and her family. Memorial contributions may be directed to Redfield American Legion. Iles Brandt Chapel in Dallas Center is handling arrangements and Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com.