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Velma Priest passed away on April 16, 2013, at her daughter's home in Port Angeles, with her children by her side.
Velma May Priest was born in Port Angeles to May Gilbert Sams and Basil Carr Gilbert on August 1, 1932.
She attended school in Joyce and married William Laughton in 1949, and they had one daughter, Rovilla. Velma divorced William in 1952.
Velma married Henry Ray Chipman in 1953. The couple had four children: Richard, Arlene, Raymond, and Clyde. Velma divorced Henry in 1967.
Velma married Robert Priest in 1968. They resided on the Priest homestead in Sequim until 2000, at which time they bought a small home in town.
Velma had 20 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Velma was a hard worker all her life and worked for the Jimmy Come Lately Gazette (now the Sequim Gazette) as a carrier for 20 years until she retired in 2005.
She loved dancing, camping and fishing, and especially enjoyed bingo and card games.
Velma was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary No. 1024.
She is survived by five children, Rovilla (Timothy) Harwood, of Weiser, Idaho; Richard (Laura) Chipman of Tacoma, Washington; Arlene (Peter) Granum of Port Angeles; Raymond Chipman of Sequim; and Clyde Chipman of Weiser, Idaho.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Priest; daughters, Marilyn and Cindy Chipman; son, Henry Ray Chipman Jr.; grandson, Jeremy Granum; and sister, Myrtle Grinnel.
Velma was fighting a battle with lung cancer and was ready to follow on and join her friends and family who went on before her.
The family would like to thank her doctor, Pamela Payne, and the many doctors who treated her at the Olympic Medical Cancer Center in Sequim, and especially all the caring volunteers who helped transport her to doctor visits.
We would also like to thank the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County for the excellent care they provided for Velma.
Please send any donations to the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Apr. 22, 2013