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Velma Lorene Johnson, 92, of La Grande, died Nov. 3 at her residence. There will be a private family service.

Velma was born Oct. 7, 1927, in Stigler, Oklahoma, to Oliver and Florence (House) Lewis. She resided in Stigler and McAlester, Oklahoma. When she married, she lived in Ely, Nevada. Later Velma lived in Pendleton, Umatilla and Hermiston, and in 1961 moved to La Grande. She attended schools in Shady Grove and McAlester, Oklahoma. 

Velma married Silas James Johnson on Feb. 15, 1945. She was employed as a nurse with hospitals in Tulsa, McAlester, St. Joseph, Hermiston and La Grande. Velma also owned her own business, Fashion Fabrics, for 13 years. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, conducting Bible studies and spending time with her children.

Surviving relatives include her children and their spouses, Carol Ann and Stephen Craig of Summerville, Paul Terry and Patsy Johnson of Elgin, Sandra Jean and Jon Crawford of La Grande, David Lee and Marta Johnson of Umatilla, and Thomas Wayne Johnson of La Grande; brother, Harold Jean Lewis of Oklahoma; sister and brother-in-law, Geraldene and James Sims of Coolidge, Arizona; and 15 grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Silas; sons, Jerry James Johnson and Robert Neal Johnson; parents, Oliver and Florence; stepmother, Bertie Lewis; daughter-in-law, Patricia Johnson; and brother, Jay Lewis.

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