Velma J. Abel
Velma J. Abel
  • November 23, 1935 - August 13, 2017
  • Almira, Washington

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Born Velma Jean Utt on November 23, 1935 in Omak, WA to Floyd Lincoln and Eula Mae Bolin Utt, and passing after a brief illness at Coulee Medical Center, August 13, 2017. Velma married Leroy Payne, having children Ronald, Donald, and Carla before divorce. Married Steven D Abel in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho on June 11, 1962, having children Anita and William.
Velma loved her family, traveling, ocean beaches, her toes in the sand, a good book, her critters, and her extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, and her "other kids" she fed daily for 20 years as head cook for Almira School District. She loved photography, delving into the family tree and history, and cherished her travels with husband Steven (Del) and had the opportunity to see most of the Western States by RV.
Velma was preceded in death by both parents, and grandson, Jason L. Hottell. She leaves behind husband Steven D Abel, Almira, sisters Shirley Groh, Odessa, WA, and Donna Hersey, Omak, WA, son Ronald L Payne (Ellen), Ephrata, son Donald F Payne, Wyoming, daughter Carla J Payne, Ephrata, daughter Anita L Etue (Hank), Fruitland, WA, son William M Abel, Almira, WA, stepson Steven D Neumann (Traci), Wenatchee, WA, 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and scores of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who held her dear.
As per Velma's wishes, a brief graveside service will be held Saturday August 19, 2017 at 2 PM at the Almira Cemetery.
Please sign Velma's online register book at .
Strate Funeral Home of Wilbur, Washington is honored to be serving Velma's family.