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Velma June McCoy Ford
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Birth: Jul. 17, 1934
Cherokee County
Kansas, USA
Death: Jan. 21, 2013
Baxter Springs
Cherokee County
Kansas, USA

Velma June McCoy Helms Ford
(17 July 1934 - 21 January 2013)

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Velma June Ford

Velma June Ford, 78, of Baxter Springs, Kansas passed from this life on Monday, January 21, 2013 with her family at her side.

Velma was born July 17, 1934 at home in Treece, Kansas, to the union of Jim and Agnes (Price) McCoy.

She attended schools at both Picher and Treece.

Velma was united in marriage to Lawrence Helms in 1952. Lawrence preceded Velma in death in 1969.

She then was married to Tom Ford in June of 1970. Tom preceded her in death in June of 2006.

Velma worked as a custodian for the Baxter Springs School district retiring in 1996 after twenty six years of employment.

She had worked the last five years at the Nature Center in Galena, KS.

She was a member of the New Beginnings Church of Baxter Springs. She was always very active in her church.

She loved spending time with her family and especially enjoyed spoiling the grandkids. She played the piano without sheet music, simply acquiring the songs just by listening. Later in life she traveled a lot, probably covering all fifty states.

Velma is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, two daughters Linda Gough and JoAnn Helms, five brothers, two sisters, one granddaughter Betty Ann Thomasson, and one great-grandson Gavin White.

Survivors include two daughters Debbie Thomasson and husband Charlie of Baxter Springs, KS, and Brenda Ray of Baxter Springs, KS; three sons Larry Matthews of Tulsa, OK, Tony Helms of Baxter Springs, and Mickey Helms and wife Jerri of Baxter Springs; eleven grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Empire Mission Church, Galena, KS. Pastor Richard Nichols will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Green Lawn Cemetery.

Family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Derfelt's Baxter Chapel.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Site has photo.

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Family links: 
  James Harvey McCoy (1901 - 1968)
  Agnes Sarah Curl McCoy (1901 - 1978)
  Thomas Earl Ford (1943 - 2006)
  Harold James McCoy (1923 - 1998)*
  Floyd M. McCoy (1926 - 1999)*
  Fred Milton McCoy (1928 - 1996)*
  Kenny Theodore McCoy (1932 - 1983)*
  Velma June McCoy Ford (1934 - 2013)
  Connie Jo McCoy Jones (1942 - 2003)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenlawn Cemetery
Cherokee County
Kansas, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 37.04515, -94.88136
Created by: Orlena
Record added: Jan 22, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103996651
Velma June <i>McCoy</i> Ford
Added by: Judy K. Roberts
Velma June <i>McCoy</i> Ford
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- Judy K. Roberts
 Added: Apr. 5, 2013
Rest in peace Dear sweet Velma, you will be missed greatly
- Laura Charles
 Added: Jan. 22, 2013

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