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Emma Pickett Velis

Greensboro Area, North Carolina

Jan 30, 1932 - Apr 19, 2013

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To Emmy's family and many friends-
Emmy was the heart and soul of Peace Corps El Salvador in the mid-1960s. She was welcoming, warm, witty, knowledgeable, smart and quietly affirming, even when she let you know that you may have erred in some way. She loved El Salvador, and her volunteers. I, and many of my colleagues, are deeply saddened by her passing. She will always be a vibrant memory for us.

Emmy not only were we co-workers but also very good friends,. Our friendship got even stronger over the years. I have lost a very close and dear friend. Mario and I will always miss your sense of humor and positive thoughts about life.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.


On April 19th a part of me died along with you. I don't know how to live life without you, and although it can never be as fulfilling as it was while you were in it, I promise you to continue to be happy and live it on my terms because I know that is what you would have wanted. You were my mother, my teacher and my friend.

As a mother, you filled our lives with love and understanding until your very last day. I felt cherished, loved and protected every single day...

To Emmy's family - She was a lovely lady. Always with a smile on her face. I remember her with much fondness.

Queridas Anita y Virginia:

Mi más sentido pésame por la pérdida de una gran señora, mis oraciones están con ustedes y estoy segura que ya en el cielo billa una estrella más.

Carlos Velis's heart-felt message: (translated by Anita Spence)

Emmy, my stepmother, a great lady. She has left a deep mark. She taught me to cultivate kindness, tolerance, to respect everyone, especially the humble.
I enjoyed many happy and unforgettable moments at her home, where I felt protected, loved and respected. I shared many laughs with my young sisters, Anita and Virginia.
It was Emmy who taught me the values of the great nation to the North, where she lived...

I really wanted to travel from Tupelo, MS to Greensboro to show my last respects to a great lady and dear friend whom I have known for 35 years. My wife Isabel and I are grief stricken and in shock on how fast our dear Emmy has passed away. We talked on the phone almost daily and shared a lot of memories together; I spoke to her about 7 PM the night before she died. She always had pleasant things to say about everyone and kind words for all. We will miss her tremendously. I know someday I...

The dictionary defines “Pillar of Strength” as a person who can be relied on to give a great deal of support and comfort. My mother was a true Pillar of Strength. Everyone who knew her relied on her for sound advice, a friendly chat, a kept promise, a helping hand. She always took the time and effort to help others. She touched so many lives in North Carolina, Washington, DC, Miami, and El Salvador, and all can attest to what a gentle kind soul she was. ...

Barbara and family, My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Emmy will always be in my memory and in my heart.


Emma's Obituaries

Mrs. Emma Pickett Velis, 81, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013 at Moses Cone Hospital.Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn cemetery.Mrs. Velis was born in Greensboro, NC, to Archie Tate...

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