Velma M Chisholm

Velma M Chisholm

Velma passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018 at her home in Plainwell.

She was born March 9, 1937 in Cushing, Oklahoma, the daughter of Kenneth and Sadie (Fields) Matlock. For many years Velma had worked at the Kalamazoo State Hospital until her retirement in 1996.

In her free time she enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, bowling, and crocheting. Velma was a member of the Women of the Moose in Otsego.

Surviving are her children, Richard (Myra) Tullis of Gobles, Wesley Stratton of Decatur, James (Diana) Stratton of Comstock, Harley Stratton of Plainwell and Brenda (Mark) Adams of Plainwell; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and her sister, Faye Christine Wallace.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 12 siblings.

According to her wishes cremation has taken place.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mt. Ever Rest Memorial Park in Kalamazoo at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Velma may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Christian Neighbors.

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  1. Doug & Dana Tipken says:

    Rest in peace, Aunt Velma. You will be missed.

  2. Racheal Landrum says:

    I am so sorry for your loss and also so happy for the life you shared together. She seemed so happy when you two were together and you took such good care of her. Wishing you the best during this time of sadness and healing.

  3. Christine Brimm says:

    She was my favorite Aunt. Aunt Velma lived wit us for a very short time. She pierced my ears with a potato and a needle. She was so funny and full of life. She will really be missed. I’m so sorry for the kids. I know they will miss her.

  4. Rena Rice says:

    RIP Aunt Velma love you till we meet again .
    Sending my condolences to the family . ❤️❤️❤️

  5. Halene Overley says:

    Jim and family, So sorry to hear about your mother. Please know your in my prayers.

  6. shelley( matlock) slater says:

    aunt velma always made me laugh, her pie making skills non could compare she will be sorely missed. offering my condolences and love to the family

  7. Herb Rice Jr says:

    Rest in peace Aunt Velma. Wish we could have spent more time together. Until we meet again, love Herb Rice Jr

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