Velma M. Brown, age 85, formerly of Allendale, Ill. passed from this life to the next on May 16, 2020, at Wabash General Hospital, Mt. Carmel, Ill.
Velma was born on August 5, 1934, in Edwards County, Ill. to Joseph Oscar and Zelda Blanch (Rodgers) Bowman.
Velma married Harold Brown on Feb. 27, 1954, at the Pentecostal Assembly Church in Mt. Carmel and he preceded her in death on August 28, 1989.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and five sisters: Daphene, Martha Grace, Darlene, Rosy and Beulah.
Velma was a caring mother and grandmother. She put others first before herself.
When she was able, she used to visit the shut-ins and those in the nursing homes. In her younger days, she did a lot of canning. She also liked to crochet, knit and sew for others.
She was a good Christian lady with a compassionate heart.
Velma leaves many memories to cherish for her children, which includes: Debbie (David) Cogdill of Allendale, Camilla (Bill) Cogdill of St. Francisville, Ill., Dennis (Lisa) Brown of St. Francisville, Brian (Marsha) Brown of Mt. Carmel, Glen (Venessa) Brown of Mt. Carmel, Greg (Vera) Brown of St. Francisville, Brad Brown of Mt. Carmel and Lavinia (Wayne) Cornwell of Allendale, 24 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great child.
Due to the Covid-19 state mandated restrictions in place, a private graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at the Allendale Cemetery, where Velma will be laid to rest next to Harold.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Allendale and may be mailed to Ingram-Meridith Funeral Home 241 West Main St. Albion, Ill. 62806.
Condolences for the family are encouraged, especially during these trying times and may be left for them on the funeral home website www.meridithfuneral
Ingram-Meridith Funeral Home of Allendale is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.