In Memory

Velma Orman (Happold) - Class Of 1939





Velma Darlene Happold, 91, died at Bryan LGH East in Lincoln, NE on Thursday, August 30, 2012.

She was born October 13, 1920 at home on the family farm in the White Community in Hayes County to William Phillip and Christina (Schaffert) Orman. She was the third of six children.

Velma was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hayes County. She attended school in a one room school house through the eighth grade riding a pony with her young siblings or walking the three miles. The family moved to McCook where she graduated from McCook High School in 1939.

She married PFC Donald Dale Happold of Aurora, NE on August 24, 1944 in Lincoln at Grace Lutheran Church.

Don was in the army stationed at Camp Crowder, MO. From there he left for overseas duty and Velma returned home to her family until he returned three years later.

Velma always had a job from the age of fifteen working after school cleaning houses. She was employed in the office of the Ideal Laundry until it closed and then the Jewell Wholesale Company for many years until her husband became ill and she retired to take care of him. He died on December 31, 2000.

Velma was a Sunday school teacher in the Peace Lutheran Church in McCook of which she was a member. She also belonged to the Ladies Guild, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and the quilters.

She enjoyed playing pinochle, reading especially her Bible and doing fancy embroidery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Happold; parents, William and Christina Orman; sisters, Lillian Roedel in 1993, Emma at birth; and brother, Wilfred Orman in 1988.

Velma is survived by sisters, Dorleen Ward and LaVonne Clapp both of McCook; numerous nieces, nephews, family and a host of friends.

Remembrance for Velma is suggested to KNGN Radio Station, 38005, Rd 717, McCook, NE 69001 or Peace Lutheran Church, 411 East 6th Street, McCook, NE 69001.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 4, 1-8:00 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home. Friends may send condolences to the family at

Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 5, 10:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church with Pastor Tom Albertson officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.