Sept. 10, 1924 - Dec. 20, 2012
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Velma Jean Ewing passed away peacefully, on Dec. 20, 2012. Born Sept. 10, 1924, in Minter City, Mississippi, to George and Annie Brown. Velma is preceded in death by her husband, Major James A. Ewing; son, Michel Ewing, and daughter Velma Ewing Gardener. She is survived by brothers, Eddie Brown (Doris) of Chicago, IL, and George "Sonny" Brown of Calumet City, IL; daughters, Janice Ewing of Oakland, CA, and Cassandra Lloyd (Rhodney) of Columbia, MD; son, James A Ewing, III (Linda) of Modesto, CA, grandchildren Jarrod Scott Lloyd, Selene Henry Johnson (Chris), Kemberly Lloyd Estep, James Cameron Ewing, and Whitney Lee Kinnaird (Peter), and six great-grandchildren. She also leaves to cherish her memory a host of nephews and nieces.
Velma was raised in Helena, Arkansas, and graduated valedictorian from Eliza Miller High School. She met her future husband, James, at the age of 13, while taking piano lessons at his mother's home. She later went on to attend Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she received her business credential.
Velma was an employee of Solano County Office of Education from 1966 to 1994, and retired at the age of 70. She was the first African-American school board member of the Travis Unified School District, and she served on that board for 16 years, including two terms as president.
Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Velma's life on Friday, Jan. 4, at 1:00 p.m., at the Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 4, at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home.
Published in The Reporter on Dec. 29, 2012