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Velma Agnes "Belle" Collins Willard
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Birth: May 20, 1908
Death: Jul. 29, 1981

The Wellington Leader August 6, 1981

Mrs. Vernon Willard of Bovina, a native of Collingsworth County and widow of a long-time Methodist pastor, died Wednesday, July 29. She was 73 and had been ill for several months. She was a member of a pioneer Wellington family.

Mrs. Willard, the former Velma Agnes (Belle) Collins, worked closely with her husband in the many churches of which he was pastor during his 38 years of active ministry in the Northwest Texas Methodist Conference.

Mrs. Willard was born at Wellington May 20, 1908, the daughter of Seymour and Bertha Garriott Collins. The family moved to the Corpus Christi area when she was a child.

She returned to this county following her marriage to Vernon Willard on December 25, 1933 at Ingleside.

She had lived in Bovina since Rev. Willard's death.

Survivors include two sons, Vernon C. Willard of Bovina, and James David Willad of Bakersfield, CA: a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Eason of Irving; four sisters, Mrs. Alice Muckleroy of Baytown, Mrs. Gladys Whiteney and Mrs. Ruby Bauch of Ingleside and Mrs. Lena Marshall of Livingston; two brothers, Homer Collins of Ingleside and Milton Collins of Goliad, 9 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Bertha Belle Carpenter.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Abel Seymour Collins (1862 - 1940)
  Bertha Garriott Collins (1872 - 1958)
 
 Spouse:
  Vernon E Willard (1913 - 1978)*
 
 Children:
  Vernon C. Willard (1934 - 1997)*
  Bertha Belle Willard Carpenter (1936 - 1953)*
  James David Willard (1939 - 2013)*
  Virginia May Willard Eason (1944 - 1998)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
North Fairview Cemetery
Wellington
Collingsworth County
Texas, USA
Plot: Sec C Row 19
 
Created by: Mary Hubbard Miller
Record added: Feb 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65663437
Velma Agnes Belle <i>Collins</i> Willard
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Velma Agnes Belle <i>Collins</i> Willard
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Velma Agnes Belle <i>Collins</i> Willard
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