Eureka- Velma I. Akins, 92, of Eureka, IL, passed away at 10:15 am
on Friday March 7, 2014 at Advocate BroMenn Hospital in Normal,
She was born on October 15, 1921 in Grand Tower, IL to Colby and
Eva Freeman Wilson. She married Burlan W. Akins on January 8,
1947 in Randolph County, AR. He passed away on August 29,
Surviving is one son, Rocky Akins of Colona, IL; one daughter,
Bobby Sue (Larry) Sadler of Huntsville, AL; one brother, Harold
"Lloyd" Wilson of Bartonville, IL; two grandchildren; and four
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Lena and
Helen; an infant brother; and one grandson, Shane Akins.
Velma had worked various jobs throughout her life in the St. Louis
area last working as a manicurist before retiring in 1985.
Velma held a special place in heart for the Marine Corp. She
was a huge supporter to the Marines during the Vietnam War and was
recognized for her support and dedication by being named an
Velma attended the St. Luke Catholic Church in Eureka.
A Celebration of life will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday March 11
at the Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka. Doane Brubaker
will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded and burial
of ashes will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be directed to the
American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be sent
to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com
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