SPRINGFIELD - Velletta Howse, 78, died at 2:46 a.m., Sunday, June 15, 2014, at her home. She was born May 4, 1936, in East St. Louis, IL, to Jessie J. and Lydia A. Rice Smith. She married David Howse, Sr., on April 8, 1960 and he survives.
Also surviving are two sons, David (LeAnne) Howse, Jr., and Darius (Angela Trowbridge) Howse, both of Springfield; two grandchildren, Lauren and Evan; two stepchildren, Urlonda Briggs, of Texas and Lloyd Harris of Pennsylvania; one sister, Marilyn Watson of Ohio; one great-aunt; two nephews and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents Jessie J. Smith and Lydia A. Perry.
Velletta retired after more than thirty years of service as an LPN at St. John's Hospital. She was a member of Union Baptist Church and AARP. She loved her church and enjoyed dining with friends and spending time in their company and helping them out.
Visitation: 10-11 a.m., Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Union Baptist Church.
Funeral Service: 11 a.m., Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Union Baptist Church with Pastor T. Ray McJunkins officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Union Baptist Church.
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