McGarity, Velma Louise
Birth date: February 23, 1924
Death date: June 27, 2012
Velma Louise (May) McGarity
Velma L. McGarity (age 88) died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on June 27, 2012 at Midland Hospice House. She was born on February 23, 1924 on the family farm at Williamstown, Ks., daughter of Glenn Z. May and Cassie Mae (Dick) May.
After attending Williamstown grade school, Velma went to Perry High School where she was homecoming queen and valedictorian of her graduation class of 1942. In January 1947 she graduated from Christís Hospital Nursing School as a Registered Nurse. Velma and J. Kenneth McGarity were married August 28, 1947 at Holy Name Catholic Church. Before, during and after raising her 5 children, she worked at local hospitals, nursing homes and private residences.
Velma was an active member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church. She cherished every endeavor in which she was involved, including acting as a weekly guardian at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel. In addition, she was an avid supporter and monthly meal provider at Letís Help Inc., as well as a member of the Daughters of Isabella
Velma was an accomplished needle worker and seamstress, actively participating in the Needlework Guild. She and Ken loved gardening and many camping trips to the mountains and lakes. Later they traveled the US, Germany and Hawaii. She especially loved playing cards with her family. Her pitch skills were legendary.
Preceding her in death were sons, John in 1987 and Mark in 2007 and a sister, Edith Bishop, in 1962. Survivors include her husband, Ken, three daughters, Diane (John) Gorman, Upper Montclair, NJ, Shirley (Paul) Bernica, Topeka and Debra Mathews, Metaline Falls, WA, a daughter-in-law Carol McGarity of Topeka, a sister, Esther Thompson, Meriden, KS and brother Glenn E May, Texas, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Let's Help and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603.
2:00 pm on Monday, July 2, 2012 at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home 800 SW 6th Ave Topeka KS 66603 (map/driving directions)
Family will receive friends after the Daughters of Isabella Little Flower Circle #503 Rosary at 5:30 p.m. until the Parish Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.
10:00 am on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church 3601 S.W. 17th Street Topeka KS 66604 (map/driving directions)
Mt. Calvary Cemetery 801 SW Westchester Rd Topeka KS 66606 (map/driving directions)