Velma P. Grady, 94, of Effingham, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Villas of Holly Brook, Effingham.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Effingham with Fr. Albert Allen celebrating mass. Burial will be in the St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Effingham. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today, April 28, at the church. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Dieterich or St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Effingham or to Children’s Hospital in loving memory of Lucas Schuette and Velma Grady. Arrangements are under the care of the Meyer Funeral Home (formerly Blake-Wright Funeral Home) in Dieterich. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.meyerfh.com.
Velma was born on March 27, 1920, in Ingraham, the daughter of Curtis and Zula (Wilkens) Lewis. She married Earnest LeBel on April 18, 1938, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1980. She later married Leonard Grady in Dec. 1980, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 21, 1999. Velma owned operated a beauty shop and worked at E.R. Moore Cap and Gown in Newton for many years. She was a member of St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Effingham. She enjoyed sewing, piecing quilts, playing cards, doing puzzles and reading. She made hundreds of lap quilts over the years for head start programs.
Velma is survived by daughters, Pam (Ron) Esker of Teutopolis and Francene (Stephen) Day of Mesa, Ariz.; step-daughters, Carol (Ed) Slota of Methelodian and Sharon Purvey of Burlington, Wis.; brother, Rev. Carroll (Elinor) Lewis of Effingham; sisters, Lois Galloway of Effingham and Ina Brandt of Clay City; grandchildren, Krysten Junker, Jaclyn Jones, Bradley Day, Todd Esker, Christine Smith, Beth Lewis and Ted Esker; step-grandchildren, Ed Slota Jr., Laura Slota and Rick Purvey; great-grandchildren, Kylie Lewis, Madie Smith, Chloe Lewis, Sydney Esker, Ethan Esker, William Lewis, Haylee Jones, Max Schuette and Lilee Jones; step-great-grandchildren, Brendan Slota and Emily Slota.
Velma was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; great-grandson, Lucas Schuette; and a brother, Elvin Lewis.
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