Velma Adams, 91, daughter of Johnnie and Nellie Leona (Ward) Harris, was born Oct. 13, 1922, at Houston, Mo. She passed away Jan. 9, 2014, in Houston, Mo.

Velma was preceded in death by her husband, Glen R. Adams; parents; and a brother-in-law, Albert Courtney.

She is survived by one sister, Beulah Faye Courtney; five nephews; three nieces; several great nieces and nephews; several cousins; and many other relatives.

Velma grew up in Houston, Mo., and graduated from Houston High School in 1942. She married Glen R. Adams on Aug. 23, 1947. They made their home in Amarillo, Texas, for several years before moving back to Houston, Mo. They had a small farm just north of Houston and both had employment in Houston. Velma worked at The Bank of Houston and retired after 25 years.

Velma and Glen enjoyed several trips to different parts of the United States, attending Glen’s Army buddies annual reunions.

Velma was a member of the First Baptist Church of Houston, Mo. She was active in the church and enjoyed the many activities. She was famous for her coconut cream pies at any gathering she attended.

One of her special interests was being a member of the Genealogical and Historical Society. She worked tirelessly in the organization.

She loved her family and they all loved her, making sure she was part of every family gathering.She and a cousin organized the Harris Cousin Reunions that met annually for several years. She made sure each cousin was invited. She kept in touch with the family as long as she was able.

She will be missed, but we know God has welcomed her home.

Services were 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at Evans Funeral Home with Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Bill Maxwell, Duane Sutton, Marvin Adams, Bruce Wilson, Marvin Bridges and Eugene Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Ted Adams and Dean Adams. Memorials may be made to Oakhill Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to


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