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-Velma Fern Stout-

Velma Fern Stout, age 94, died Thursday, January 12, 2012, at the Salem Hospital in Salem, Oregon.  She was born in Yarmouth, Iowa, on March 12, 1917, the oldest daughter of Delbert Ellis and Myrtle Esther (Smith) Wells.  She lived in the Wapello community for 56 years.  She moved to Salem, Oregon, in recent years.

Velma married Neil Eugene Stout in Washington, Iowa, on January 30, 1934. He died October 17, 1972.
She attended school at Morning Sun and Brighton.  She was a member of the Columbus Junction United Methodist Church.  She was a 50-year member of the Derexa Rebekah Lodge, No. 129, at Wapello and was a Past Noble Grand.  Velma was an active volunteer in the Louisa County Historical Society.

Neil and Velma moved to their Wapello farm in 1945.  Velma was an active farm wife, participating in work and planning.  She took great pride in the appearance of their farmstead and was known for the amount of cannas planted around the farm buildings.  She was an expert seamstress and was a 4-H leader.

Velma grew up with a love of horses and animals in general.  She designed a horse barn with specific safety features on her homestead, “Calico Acres.”  There was always a dog.  Sometimes, it just showed up, but there was always a dog.  The last dog, Buddy, was a sensitive companion.  You could tell how Velma was feeling by looking at Buddy.  She loved animals - any animal was a potential pet.

Velma is survived by two children, Sylvia S. Blaesing of Muscatine; and Ronald G. Stout, and his wife Joanna, of Salem, Oregon.  There are three grandchildren: Cathy S. Gethmann, Gladbrook, Iowa; Susan L. Malaise, Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Jennifer Stout Leydens, Colona, Illinois; and great-grandchildren: Cara Dawn Gethmann, Kassidy Leydens, Justin Leydens, Eric Malaise, and Ella Malaise; her sister, Helen Davison, Wayland, Iowa, a sister-in-law, Adele Lee Wells, Washington, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers, Roy Wells and Bert Wells.

Visitation hours will be from 1:00 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello where the family will meet friends from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.  The family will also meet friends before the funeral from 9:00 to 10:00 AM on Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Columbus Junction where the funeral ceremony will be held at 10:00 AM, officiated by Rev. Al Coffin.  Burial will follow next to her husband in the Wapello Cemetery.  The family and friends will gather for a lunch and fellowship at the United Methodist Church in Columbus Junction following the burial.

Those who wish to make a memorial donation may select the Columbus Junction United Methodist Church, Louisa County Historical Society, or a charity of their choice.

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