Velma John, 83, Thayer, died June 10, 2012 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita.
Velma was born in Thayer on August 28, 1928 the daughter of Delmer Leon and Ethel May Crowl Woolery. She graduated from Thayer High School in 1945.
She married James DeMoss John on March 9, 1946 in Chanute. He preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 1986.
She is a member of the Thayer Christian Church where she was active in the Thursday Ladies Bible Study. She was also a member of the Coffee Club where she met ladies at 169 Caf√© for breakfast several times a week. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting.
Velma is survived by seven children, Cathy Heit and husband, Pat, Dennis, Janet Babcock and husband, Larry, Thayer, Sharon Hougardy and husband, Alan, Thayer, Harold John and wife, Paula, Thayer, Betty Wheeler and husband, Steve, Thayer, Mary Jo Hall and husband, Dave, Keokuk, Iowa, and Robert John and wife, Ann, Thayer; one sister, Lois Raida, Thayer; one brother, Larry Woolery and wife, Joy, Thayer; 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 15 at Thayer Christian Church in Thayer. Burial will follow in Thayer Cemetery.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Thayer Christian Church.
Memorials in her name may be made to Thayer Christian Preschool, Thayer Christian Funeral Dinner Committee, or NMRMC Care Car and may be left with the funeral home.
Penwell-Gabel Gibson Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
To leave a special message for the family on-line, visit www.PenwellGabelChanute.com