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Velma Althea Ward James
Velma Althea Ward JamesCross and FlameVelma Althea Ward James, 95, formerly of Prospect and currently of DeWolfe Place, where she and her family appreciated the care she had received there for the last four years, died Monday, September 18, 2017 at Marion General Hospital.

She was born June 4, 1922 in Prospect to the late William and Lillie Maye (Vanest) Ward.  She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Lee W. Evans, her second husband, Donald L. James in 2004, whom she married in 1965, sister, Dorothy Rodman Griffith; brother, Edgar Ward, brother, Robert Ward, as well as an infant brother and sister.

She lived most of her life in Prospect.  Velma was a 92-year member of the Prospect United Methodist Church, where she was the oldest living member.  After graduating from Prospect High School, she worked at the Scioto Ordinance plant during World War II.  Following that, she worked at Dale’s Restaurant and Lauer’s Grocery.  Her last thirty years of work were at the Prospect Bank, then National City Bank.  After retirement, she was busy working on projects for the Prospect Senior Citizens, which she really enjoyed.

She is survived by a daughter, Joan (George) Norris, Marion; two granddaughters, Kellie Price, LaRue; Sally (Dan) Gorby, Colonial Heights, Virginia; four great-grandchildren, Robert McKinniss, Danielle McKinniss, Maggie Daniel, Anna McKinniss, and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Prospect United Methodist Church with Pastor Carolyn Christman officiating.  Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect.

Memorial gifts may be made to Prospect Senior Citizens, 318 N. Elm Street, Prospect, OH 43342 and Prospect United Methodist Church, 203 North Elm St., P. O. Box 6, Prospect, OH  43342.

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#1 from: John D. Viers
Marion, OH
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 3:52 PM

I wanted to express my condolences on the loss of your mother and mother in law.  I personally enjoyed meeting with her over the past 20 years to help with her investments. All of us at the Lehman Capital Management Group will miss her greatly.

#2 from: George Ferguson
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 4:21 PM

Rest in peace my girl you did your service here on the Earth plane you was a wonderful person God bless you rest in peace

#3 from: Cindy Jones
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 6:02 PM

So sorry for the loss of your sweet "Velm". I know she will be missed. Please know that we will be in prayer for your family.

#4 from: Ivan & Sue (Dilsaver) Foreman
Petersburg, Mi
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 9:40 AM

I worked with Velma at National city in Prospect  and loved her dearly. (She knew me as Sue Roush.) She was kind, considerate and supportive. She "mothered" me when I needed guidance. I will never forget her lovely laugh.  She will missed. Sending Hugs, with Sympathy.  Sue Mann-Foreman  

#5 from: Rose rudd
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 1:18 PM

So sorry for your loss. A special is sent up to Maggie, Kellie. My thoughts and prayers for your family.

#6 from: Steve & Karen (Kirby) Smith
Lakeland, FL
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 4:23 PM

Dear Joan & George & family,
So sorry to read of Velma's passing.
Our sincere sympathy goes out to all of you.
Steve & Karen

#7 from: Arlene and Ray James
Cuyahoga Falls Ohio
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 10:01 AM

So sorry to hear this news.  Our condolences to all the family.

#8 from: Pauline Oehler
Sun City West, AZ
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 1:34 PM

Joann and family,
Our thoughts are with you as you mourn the loss of your mother. She was a neighbor as we grew up and then a friend at the bank. May you cherish the memories you hold in your heart.

Pauline Oehler
Peggy and Tom Knickel

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