Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, on April 15th, 2013 at 83 years of age at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital.  Predeceased by her loving husband Melvin (1999).  Survived by her children Tom (Deb), Gerry (Vickie), Doug (Suzanne), John (Maria), and Melinda (Jamie).  Cherished .grandmother of 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  Sister of Edward Girard and Roland Girard.  Predeceased by sisters Geraldine Pratt and Lorraine Hammond.  She was a proud member of Holy Name CWL. Visiting at the Kennedy Funeral Home (519-776-7378) 128 Talbot St. N, Essex on Wednesday April 17th from 3-5 and 7-9pm. CWL Prayers Wednesday at 3 pm. Royal Canadian Legion  Ladies Auxillary Branch 201 Wednesday at 7:30pm. Family and friends may gather at Holy Name of Jesus Church (146 Talbot St. S, Essex) for visitation from 9:30 until mass of Christian burial at 10:30am.  Cremation to follow. Donations in memory of Velma may be made to The Royal Canadian Legion Memorial Wall Branch 201. You may send your condolences online at

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