In Memory Of

Emma Pickett Velis

Greensboro, North Carolina

Jan 30, 1932 - Apr 19, 2013

Guest Book

stephen farrell

January 21, 2015 | Newton, MA

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.

yolanda font

April 28, 2013 | Miami, FL

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.

virginia velis

April 25, 2013 | Washington, DC


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...

joanne padron

April 25, 2013 | Miami, FL

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

lourdes saldaña

April 25, 2013 | San Salvador, El Salvador

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

April 25, 2013 | Los Angeles, CA

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...

james ellison

April 25, 2013 | Tupelo, MS

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...

anita spence

April 25, 2013 | Greensboro, NC

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. ...

carmen renee saldana

April 24, 2013 | San Salvador, El Salvador

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 Obituary

VELIS, MRS. Emma Pickett, of Greensboro, NC, 81, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013 at Moses Cone Hospital. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel, followed by interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Mrs. Velis was born in Greensboro, NC, to Archie...

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