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 Velma <I>Dickens</I> Reaves

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Velma Dickens Reaves

  • Birth 6 Jul 1906 Portales, Roosevelt County, New Mexico, USA
  • Death 17 Apr 1998 Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
  • Memorial ID 29441136

Velma Dickens Reaves, died on April 17, 1998 in her home at Cypress Village, Jacksonville, Fl. Velma was born July 6, 1906 in Portales, New Mexico, daughter of Edd and Pearl Dickens, New Mexico pioneers.

Velma was educated in Albuquerque and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture there before moving to Washington D.C. to work in several Government libraries including the Department of Agriculture, the Justice Department of Agriculture, the Justice Department, Bureau of Management, and was responsible for setting up the Library in the Pentagon when it was built. She was the Chief Librarian at the Department of Agriculture Library when she retired from government service and moved to Jacksonville.

Velma was a member and past president of the American Libraries Association. Mrs. Reaves was past chapter Regent of the Jacksonville Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She was past Regent of the Jacksonville area Magna Carta Dames and Barons. She was a member of the First Families of Virginia, the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, the Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in Virginia and several Genealogical Societies. She was an avid genealogist and had written a book for beginners in connection with the Southern Genealogical Exchange.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Virginia Lane and her husband Dr. John G. Lane, and Frances Young and her husband Arthur L. Young, Jr.; 8 grandchildren, Cynthia Lane, Julianne Otto, John Jeffery Lane and Mary Lane Singletary, Dian Merchant Doak, Marcia Seifert, Kristina Carroll and Mark D. Merchant; 10 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Services were held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Home, 4140 University Blvd, So. with the Rev Dr. John H. Swann of Palms Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial at Arlington Park Cemetery.


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  • Created by: James H. Carroll
  • Added: 31 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 29441136
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Velma Dickens Reaves (6 Jul 1906–17 Apr 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29441136, citing Arlington Park Cemetery, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by James H. Carroll (contributor 46533001) .