OBITUARY: Velda Mae Staley-Higgins

Velda Mae (Gillispie) Staley-Higgins died on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at Kansas Christian Home, Newton.

Velda was born on May 17, 1928, to Delbert and Fairy Gillispie in LaGrange, Wyo. Velda married Galen Staley on April 26, 1947, in Auburn, Neb. They had 3 sons, Dennis, Rodney and Kevin. Galen passed away on May 28, 1995. Velda married Berle Higgins on Feb. 12, 2002, in Newton. He passed away on July 26, 2019.

Velda was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Fairy Gillispie, her first husband Galen, her second husband Berle, her brothers, Harvey, William, James and Cecil Ray Gillispie, a sister, Barbara Higgins, and a son Dennis Staley.

She is survived by her sons Rodney and Nancy Staley, Mesa, Ariz., and Kevin and Angie Staley, Newton; her stepchildren, Paula and Les Schulz, Lincoln, Neb., Rick and Cheryl Higgins, Pierce, Neb., Todd and Christine Higgins, Omaha, Neb., Lori and Clark Smith of Columbus, Neb., Scott and Marla Higgins, Lincoln, Neb., and Kirk and Kathy Higgins, Bennington, Neb.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Audrey Stucky; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton with the Rev. Dr. Gary Blaine presiding. Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday with the family receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Wildmead Cemetery in Nickerson.

Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice and left with Petersen Funeral Home.


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