Velma Ione Valdovines
Velma Ione Valdovines
  • June 7, 1932 - January 8, 2018
  • Columbia, Missouri

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Velma "Toni" Ione Valdovines (Kennedy), 85, of Columbia passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018 at University Hospital.

Visitation will take place 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Home with a memorial service to follow at 6:00 p.m. with Bishop Roy Schmardabeck, officiating.

Velma was born June 7, 1932 in Oark, Arkansas the daughter of Robert Kennedy and Kizzie Felkins Kennedy. She carried with her a lifelong memory of gardening with her grandfather. Velma enjoyed reading, crocheting, listening to music and spending time with her family. She enjoyed researching her family's genealogy. She was employed by the University of Missouri as a chef. One of her proudest moments was when she was selected to serve as the chef at the president's residence.

Velma is survived by her children, James Frederick Payton, Jr., Christopher Wayne Payton, Colin Emery Payton, her sisters, Merle, Loretta Lou, a brother, John Robert, her grandchildren, Jonathan Robert, Christina Marie, Jennifer Colleen, Ashley Nichole, Jamie Pauline, Jesse Samuel, Julianne Rebeka, great grandchildren, Aya, Isabelle, Chase, Kylie, Gannen and numerous nieces and nephews.
Velma was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, one son, Ronald Allen Payton, sisters, Gladis, Ruth Berniece, Dorotha Marie, brothers, Jack and Tom.

Memorial contributions are requested to LDS Educational Foundation in care of Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202.