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Velma Lee (Johnson) Marshall

September 7, 1939 ~ November 18, 2017 (age 78)

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Velma Lee (Johnson) Marshall was born September 7, 1939 in Omaha, NE to Albert Lee Johnson and Mercedes (McKee) Price. She received her primary education at  St. Mary’s  Academy in New Orleans and also attended St Benedict   Catholic High School in the city.

After graduation, Velma joined the world of work. She had a caring,         nurturing manner and she found employment at San Francisco Hospital in San Francisco, CA. She found love there also and married John Marshall, with whom she had two children. She moved from Omaha to Des Moines in 1969 and found work for many years at  Iowa Methodist Medical Center. She also worked for Bishop Drumm Home, Ramsey Nursing Home and the Des Moines Public Schools (as a teachers assistant). It was the troubled young people that Velma really loved. She would take them in if they had no where to stay and she would mother them back to the right way. She was a boy Scout leader and Troup #247 loved her cookies.

Velma played semi-pro basketball for the Callum Totters.  She loved  to sing and sang with the “Fascinators”. She was always available to sing for friend and family functions. She was a long time member of Burns United Methodist Church where she sang with the choir, the  “Messengers “ and she participated in the “Trinity Supper Club” Ministry.  She was a huge fan of the Los Angeles Lakers,  Green Bay Packers and  Nebraska Cornhuskers. Velma loved Harry Potter movies, card games like Old Maid, Gin Rummy and Bid Whist, and sharing her wisdom and love with her family and friends.

Velma passed away on November 18, 2017 at the age of 78. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert  Johnson and Mercedes Price; husband, John Marshall, and significant other, Norman Morris, Sr. (Anthony and Jerome’s father); her sons, Armon and Johmeal Marshall, Sr. and granddaughter, Dennessa Jo Aunspach.

Velma’s loving spirit will be remembered by her sons, Anthony Marshall and Jerome (Shonethia) Marshall; her grandchildren Charlie Huthcroft Williams, Tiana Marshall, Johmeal Marshall, Jr. Marquisha Carpenter, Joshua Carmody, Vannessa Tootill, Westlee Tootill and   Durwand Collier, Sr.; her mother in law, Ora Mae Marshall and brother in law, Ronald Marshall and her half sister, Costella Hampton.


 Service Information

Funeral Service
December 1, 2017

12:00 PM
Burns United Methodist Church
1909 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
Des Moines, IA 50314

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