Garden Chapel

Velma G. Strand

January 17, 2013
Pella, Iowa

6:00 P.M., Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Pella, Iowa

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
4:00 P.M. until the time of service
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
Pella, Iowa

In Memory Of

Velma G. Strand
Pella, Iowa
(Age 73)

September 9, 1939 - January 17, 2013

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Velma Grace (Jensen) Strand was born on September 9, 1939, to Herbert and Vivian (Parsons) Jensen in Humboldt, Iowa.  She passed away the early hours of Thursday, January 17, 2013, at the Pella Regional Health Center – Skilled Care Unit at the age of seventy-three.

Velma graduated from Humboldt High School with the class of 1957. She became a Registered Nurse receiving her degree from the Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in 1960.

On September 10, 1960, Velma was united in marriage with Randall E. Strand in Humboldt, Iowa.  They were married for 29 years and blessed with four children: Howard, Sheila, Jennifer, and Rachael.

In 1967 Velma was hired as the Director of Nursing at West Heights Manner in Clarinda, Iowa.  Velma and Randall owned and operated nursing homes in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin for seventeen years.  In 1977, Velma retired from nursing to focus on her family.

In 1998 she moved to Laramie, Wyoming. While there she made several friends and continued to focus on her family. She obtained a Paralegal degree from Laramie County Community College.

In 2007, Velma moved to Pella, Iowa and was a resident at Vriendschap Village.

Velma enjoyed shopping, eating out, reading, watching TV, quilting, traveling, and best of all spending time with her family.

Those left to cherish her memory are: her four children: Howard (Peggy) Strand of Littleton, Colorado, Sheila Strand of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Jennifer (Greg) Thomas of Gillette, Wyoming, and Rachael (Philip) Egging of Pella, Iowa; four grandchildren: Nolan Thomas, Claire Thomas, Maren Egging, and Matthew Egging; and her brother, David (Mary) Jensen of Iowa Falls, Iowa.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents Vivian and Herbert; her brother John Jensen; half-brother, Richard Jensen; and half-sister, Ruth (Jensen) Duke.

Velma was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

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