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Velma Cole

Velma Muriel Cole (Welch)

Saturday, December 3, 1921 - Tuesday, April 14, 2020
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Velma Cole of Grenfell passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at the age of 98 years. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private graveside service will be held at the Grenfell Cemetery. A public celebration of life will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Grenfell at a later date.

Velma Muriel Cole (nee Welch) was born in Indian Head December 3, 1921. Her childhood years were spent on the home farm southwest of Grenfell. Her parents, Herbert and Gertrude Welch, farmed on the homestead of Herb’s father, Henry Welch. Velma was raised with one brother, Ken Welch, of Grenfell.

After graduating from Grade 12, Velma attended Reliance Business College in Regina. She then worked at the Toronto Dominion Bank in Grenfell. At this time, Velma met Fred Cole, whom she married on July 31, 1943. They were blessed with four children, Gary, Karen, Melvin and Mervin.

Velma and Fred farmed in the Baring district. They moved to Grenfell in 1962, and Fred farmed from town. Velma enjoyed square dancing, curling, family gatherings and cherished days at the family cabin. She was a devoted member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Grenfell.

Velma was a loving daughter, wife, mother and grandparent. She delighted in sharing stories and listening to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Velma was the pillar of strength and provided unconditional love to her family.

Velma will be lovingly remembered by her four children and their families: daughter Karen Cole, sons Gary (Gail) Cole, Melvin (Patty) Cole and Mervin (Carmen) Cole, 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, as well as her brother Kenneth (Margaret) Welch. She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Cole; her parents, Herbert and Gertrude Welch; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harry and Ursula Cole; brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-laws Gordon and Phyllis Cole, Kenneth and Jean Cole, Evelyn and Robert Swainson and Alma and Stewart Thompson and sister-in-law Grace Welch (Kenneth).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Grenfell.
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    A public celebration of life will be held at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Grenfell at a later date.
    Rev. Bob Wilson
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Janet Hoggarth

Posted at 11:22am
Gary, Karen, Melvin, and Mervin

We were saddened to learn of the passing of your Mother.
May all your memories of her help you through this difficult time.

Janet and Earle Hoggarth

Barbara Hodgson

Posted at 03:10pm
To All of Velma's Family,
Our family was so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mom, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a lovely, wonderful and caring woman. She always had a smile for everyone and always made people feel welcome. We will hold the memory of her sitting in a lawn chair at the front of her cottage watching all the activity on the lake. The lake had a very special place in her heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May all your cherished memories help you at this very difficult time. So sorry for your great loss.
Barb and Barry Hodgson and family

Judy Rink

Posted at 02:17pm
My deepest sympathy to all the Cole and Welch families. I have such fond memories of Velma. She was my rock through many of my trials and tribulations when I lived in Grenfell. She had such great compassion and a heart bigger than the ocean. I loved her dearly. I know you will miss her deeply. She was gift from God to all that knew her.

Leta Brierley

Posted at 05:03pm
Karen, Gary, Mervin and Melvin,
I am sorry to hear about your mother.
Velma was an amazing woman. She was always positive, gracious and kind.
My condolences to you and your families.

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