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Velma Moody - December 24, 2009


Velma O. Moody died Thursday Dec. 24, 2009, at the Heritage Care Home in Wauneta at the age of 93. She was born to Claude R. Hixon and Mary Etta (Ford) Hixon on Dec. 29, 1915, in a sod house in rural Hayes County in Nebraska.
Velma attended Spring Valley Rural School north of Wauneta and graduated from Wauneta High School in 1932. Following graduation, she returned to Spring Valley to teach school.
On April 7, 1934, Velma married Clifford C. Moody. They lived north of Wauneta until 1955 when they moved to Denver where Velma worked as a secretary until 1965. They returned again to the farm until 1981 when they moved to Tucson, Ariz., where Velma operated Velma’s Home Health Care. She housed elderly patients in her home for 17 years. During that time, she and her staff cared for 74 ladies and a few men, until her declining health forced her into retirement.
She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother who valued her family, her faith, her ability to work and her love for reading. Velma and Cliff were married at a time when our country was facing the toughest of economic times, but their marriage stood strong for over 70 years, truly an inspiration to their children and their grandchildren. Ronnie Moody and Mary Etta Gage were fortunate to be able to host celebrations of the platinum anniversary for their parents in April of 2004 in both Wauneta and Tucson.
Velma was a member of the Wauneta United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 2005; a sister, Julia Rodman; brothers Ford and Byron Hixon; a granddaughter Tina Stroup and grandson-in-law Dan Stroup. She will be deeply missed by her family, including son, Ronald and wife Ellen Moody of Tucson; daughter Mary Etta and husband Keith Gage of Wauneta; eight grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren.
Services will be Saturday, Jan. 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. MT at the Wauneta United Methodist Church with the Rev. Judy Dye officiating.
Music was provided by organist, Mrs. Diana Ham and singers, Mrs. Violet Long and Mrs. Ruth Speicher.
Songs chosen included “One Day at a Time” and the congregational hymn, “Amazing Grace.”
Casketbearers include Robert Gage, Jim Gage, Mike Gage, Scott Moody, Keith Wallace and Craig Fanning.
Honorary casketbearers include Jerlyn Hohnholt, Cherie Wallace, Sue ACuna and Dee Vaughn.
Interment will be at the Riverside Cemetery, Wauneta.
Memorials can be addressed to the Methodist Church or the Wauneta Senior Center.
Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.