Died: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Wed., Oct. 18, 2017
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Wed., Oct. 18, 2017
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

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Mrs. Velma Louise Vaughn Howard, born to the proud parents Clifton Vaughn and Martha Averitte.

             Velma professed a hope in Jesus Christ at an early age,      attending Sunrise Missionary Baptist Church and later New Life      Worship Center.  In 1986, Velma united in holy matrimony to    Richard Howard.

She was one of the first blacks to graduate from Washington High School, and realizing how important education was Velma  graduated the school of Practical Nursing and worked as an LPN.  This life long learner also became one of the first blacks to graduate from  Indiana University School of Nursing with a Bachelorette Degree. Velma  experienced several employment opportunities as a nurse, but in 1988 she began her twenty-four year tenure with the VA Hospital until her retirement in 2012.  

Anyone who knew Velma knew what was important to her which was family.  She was a loving mom, wife, sister, aunt and     grandmother.  Velma had a way with words; she could comfort,   encourage or make you laugh until you cried.  Velma was a       homebody but if you ever saw her out, she stood out in the crowd     because she was dressed from head to toe.  The characteristics she     instilled in her children were to be strong and independent, but to also stick together.  Velma loved to cook and her house was always the spot for the holidays.  She was a beautiful person and will be sorely missed by all.

Mrs. Velma Louise Vaughn Howard departed this life on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the age of Seventy-eight.  She was preceded in death by her parents; Martha and Clifton; sisters, June, Martha, Lucille and Betty, and son, Jeffery.

She leaves to cherish her memory her brothers, Joe and Chuck; daughters, Terrie, Karen, and Jami; sons, Tony, Christ, Darrell, and Johnny, a host of grandchildren great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


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Stacey Ford
   Posted Wed October 18, 2017
I had the honor of working with Velma when I came to the VA in 1989. She knew her stuff. Velma and I shared a lot of laughs. Those are the memories I will cherish. My condolences to you. She was a wonderful lady.

Respectfully submitted,

Stacey L. Ford, RN, BSN

John wilson
   Posted Thu October 19, 2017
Rest in peace may the peace and blessing of almighty God be with you forever

   Posted Tue October 31, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. We all look forward to the resurrection and then no more sickness, suffering, mourning or death. (Acts 24:15; Revelation 21:3,4). May the God of all comfort, comfort you and your family at this difficult time. My deepest condolences.

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