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  • Obituary: Velma Laverne (Smith) Ford

  • Velma Laverne (Smith) Ford, 95, of Atlantic, Iowa, formerly of Plattsmouth, died Nov. 17, 2013 in Atlantic. She was born on May 30, 1918 at Nehawka to Herman and Clara Emma (Hall) Smith.
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  • Velma Laverne (Smith) Ford, 95, of Atlantic, Iowa, formerly of Plattsmouth, died Nov. 17, 2013 in Atlantic. She was born on May 30, 1918 at Nehawka to Herman and Clara Emma (Hall) Smith.
        She graduated from a one-room country school before entering high school in Nehawka.  Velma and Eugene Oran Ford were married on May 7, 1938, at Watson, Mo.
        They lived in various places over the years until moving to Plattsmouth in 1960. Gene died in December of 1990 after a long battle with cancer. Velma continued to live in their home for several years until moving to the Wesley Heritage House in Atlantic.  
        She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, many of which were framed and adorned the walls of the activity room of Heritage House.  She loved to give visitors and other residents tours of her puzzle art gallery.  
        Velma was a member of the First Christian Church in Plattsmouth, where she served in various capacities including deaconess and board vice president. She was active in the Christian Women's Fellowship.  Velma loved to cook and bake.  Her pies and cakes are legendary in Plattsmouth.
        Besides her husband, she was preceded by son Roger (1964); daughter Esther (1997); brothers Lawrence, Woodrow, John, Richard and Ted; and sisters Violet, Dorthea, Marie, Mary and Ellen.
        She is survived by children Barbara Lea of Soldier, Iowa, Brenda and husband Leonard Garrett of Nebraska City, Ray and wife of Omaha, Linda and husband Bill Ayers of Atlantic, Mike and wife Kathy of Lincoln, and Patrick Ford of Scottsdale, Ariz; 19 grandchildren along with several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends, including Dolores Rozell, long-time friend and neighbor from Plattsmouth.
        Funeral services are Thursday Nov. 21, at Plattsmouth Christian Church with Rev. Michael Lincoln and Pastor Larry Hammons officiating. Nancy (Garrett) Blackshear is organist and vocalist.
        Pallbearers are Jeffrey Bishop, Lance Ford, Randy Manulak, Sam Ford, Brian Ford and Tim Garrett.
        Honorary pallbearers are Kevin Manulak, Mark Ford, Craig Ford, Victor Prassel and Josh Ford.
        Interment is at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Nehawka.  
        Memorials may be made to Heritage House Good Samaritan fund of Atlantic, the church or to the donor’s choice. Condolences or tribute can be expressed at www.hammonsfs.com.   
        Hammons Family Funeral Services in Weeping is in charge of arrangements.

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