VELLIQUETTE, Marie Moody Prim|
Marie Moody Prim Velliquette, 80 years old, passed away the morning of Saturday May 31, 2014. Minnie Marie was born in Odessa, Texas on January 24, 1934 to G. Ward and Marie Moody. Her twin brother, Ed C beat her into this world by just a few minutes. She grew up in South Austin and attended Pease and Pleasant Hill Elementary schools, Allan Jr. High, and Austin High School. After graduating High School she attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and then attended the University of Texas in Austin. While at the University of Texas she met Gene Prim who became the love of her life and they married after they both graduated from the University of Texas. Gene's career with Westinghouse took them to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Glen Burnie, Maryland, and Athens, Georgia. Marie taught elementary school until the birth of her first child.
Gene and Marie enjoyed camping and boating as a family. Most of their vacations were spent in Austin since their parents remained in Austin. After Gene's death Marie moved her family to Austin and returned to the University of Texas to obtain certification in teaching special needs children. She taught special needs children at Dawson Elementary for the rest of her teaching career.
Marie was a true leader in any organization she belonged to, she was the President of the Austin Chapter of Parents without Partners, an elder at St. Paul Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and a leader in the Palmer Drug Abuse Program. The friendships she developed in these organizations and at Dawson elementary formed friendships that lasted a lifetime.
While an officer of Parents without Partners she met Jim Velliquette who she married in 1976. After retiring Marie and Jim enjoyed hitting the road in their RV exploring the United States. They would take trips based on his or her genealogy path and research their family history on their trips. While Gene had been the love of her life, Jim was her soul mate.
Marie was an avid University of Texas Longhorn fan. From putting her babies in Longhorn diapers to decorating her house, everyone knew that Marie bled orange. During UT football games she had an altar of orange candles and she would light a candle every time her beloved Longhorns scored. Her twin brother was an Aggie, and the UT versus A&M games were a highlight in her house.
Waiting for her in heaven ares her husbands, Gene Prim and Jim Velliquette; her grandson, John Perez; her parents, G. Ward and Marie Moody; her sister, Betty Doescher; her brothers that adored her, Gil and Ed C. Moody; and her special friend, Richard Kahabka.
Those left to mourn her loss include her children, Mary Lynn Atwood, Pam Ames (Mitch), and James Prim (Mary McKeown). She is also survived by five grandchildren, Gary Atwood (Lisa), Genese Vaughn (Robert), Mikal Ames, Maggie Prim and Seamus Prim; three great-grandchildren, Tredent Atwood, Leonora Atwood, and Braxton Vaughn; sister's-in-law, Vina Moody and Nan Moody; and her brother-in-law, Robert Prim; she leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews that adored their Aunt Marie.
The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at the Summit at Westlake Hills where Marie resided for the last few months. The staff surrounded her with love and also shared that love and support to Marie's family. Marie's room had a million dollar view looking out over the Austin skyline and she was able to see the Zilker Christmas Tree from her room.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Marie's life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 6, 2014 at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 5226 W. William Cannon Drive. Please join us in celebrating a true Longhorn fan by wearing something orange, flower, ribbon or a University of Texas pin.
For those desiring, memorial Contributions may be made to the
3 Day Walk by visiting www.the3day.org for the account of Pam Ames, the University of TX MD Anderson Cancer Center at www.mdanderson.org, or to any literacy program for children.
Condolences may be online by visiting www.cookwaldenforestoaks.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from June 4 to June 6, 2014