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Service Details

Visitation:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
9:00 to 11:00 am
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines

Service:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
11:00 am
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines

Disposition:

Laurel Hill Cemetery
Des Moines

Arrangements:

Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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Velma Blanchard

Des Moines

Velma (Jennings) Blanchard was born April 8, 1937, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Raymond and Myrtle E. (Money) Jennings. She was a very caring wife and mother. Family was very important to her and she loved getting together with her sister to play cards. Velma was a fantastic cook and enjoyed baking and cooking. She also enjoyed watching cooking shows on TV. Some of her favorite pastimes included camping, fishing, traveling and watching British comedy TV shows.

Velma was a strong woman and she was a fighter until the end. She passed away peacefully Thursday, January 11, 2018, with her family by her side. She was 80 years old.

Velma is survived by her children, Michael (Tina) Blanchard, Greg Parsons, Diana (Carl) Brown, and Ginger Patterson; grandchildren, Johnny (Pauletta), Matt (Lindsay), and Alisa; 8 great-grandchildren; and many other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Myrtle Jennings; husband, John Blanchard; and her sisters, Norma, Wilma, and Gloria.

Funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at Hamilton’s Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street, Des Moines, and will conclude with burial at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service. Reception at Hamilton’s Funeral Home will follow the burial.

Contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Velma.

Condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.