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Velma Lucille McVay Schley
June 29, 1912 – July 21, 2017

Velma Schley, 105, died Friday afternoon, July 21, 2017, at Pinicon Place, Anamosa, with her daughters by her side after a brief illness.
A celebration of a life well lived were held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 24, 2017, at the Viola Methodist Church, with interment in the Wilcox Cemetery, Viola. Rev. Jim and Chris May officiated at the services. Friends called from 5 until 7 p.m., Sunday, at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa.
Surviving are two daughters, Shirley (Larry) Miell of Gladbrook and Bonnie (Don) Wadsworth of Clarence; seven grandchildren, Teresa (Jon) Biles, Tim Wadsworth, Steve (Kathy) Miell, Greg Miell, Kelly (Shana) Miell, Kent Miell, and Beth (Dave) Wiese, twenty-one great-grandchildren; sixteen great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Shaffer of Mt. Vernon; many nieces and nephews, special friends, Shirley Crowley, Pat Newhard and Luella Eichhorn and many more.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Walter, in 2008.
Velma Lucille McVay was born June 29, 1912 at Palo. She was the daughter of William and Bessie (Seymore) McVay. Velma graduated from Shellsburg High School and cleaned homes until she was married.
Velma McVay and Walter Schley were married September 19, 1936, at the Little Brown Church, Nashua. The couple started farming in Linn County, and Velma was very active in the farming operation. In 1949, they purchased their farm on the Ridge Road near Anamosa. The couple operated their farm until 1998 when they moved to Anamosa. She was proud of the sixty-two years they spent farming. Walter preceded her in death on July 9, 2008.
Velma was a very active woman, helping with 4-H, teaching Sunday school, and was a member of the UMW and the Viola Methodist Church. Velma was always ready to go anywhere to help those in her life, and you never visited her home without eating something that “magically” appeared from her kitchen, especially ice cream.
Velma baked the cake for her parent’s 50th wedding anniversary which led to a long period of celebrating special occasions for so many family and friends. She never charged much for her baking services as she “just wanted to help people.” As a truly giving person, she helped so many family and friends even during her life at Pinicon Place. She will truly be missed by her family and friends.

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Source: Anamosa Journal-Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 27 July 2017

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