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Velma Stoddard- Bidwell Funeral Home of St. Anthony, Idaho
Velma Stoddard

   Velma Stoddard was born Nov. 1, 1918 the daughter of Elmer and Gertrude Cox McNee in Egin, Idaho where she resided most of her life. Velma’s father died when she was only eighteen months old,, leaving much of her care to her older siblings, Everett, Delia, Dean and Blaine due to the fact her mother worked outside the home.

She attended Egin Elementary and graduated form Edmunds High School. She never missed an opportunity to share her stories of getting to school in her horse, or by sleigh pulled by her dog.

Dancing was something she loved and often talked about going to dances with her brothers. On Oct. 15, 1936 she married Blaine “Bill” Stoddard. They spent their first winter in Kilgore feeding cattle. She spoke of a line tied between the house and the chicken coop so she could get back to the house in the winter snow. The next five years were spent in California. In l942 they moved back to Egin. Bill and Velma enjoyed dancing, square dancing and bowling.

Velma worked at “Tibbitts” Warehouse for 30 years. She also helped on the family farm and with the milk cows when the need arose. Bill died in l985. She married LaMont Hall on Oct. 26, 1990. Velma was warmly welcomed into the family by Lamont’s son and daughters. They lived in Burton and spent winters in St. George. LaMont died in 2001.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and husbands. Velma is survived by her children; Jordon and VerLynn Stoddard, Egin, Larry Gardner, Tendoy, and Zenda and Jim Blake, St. Anthony. Grandchildren; Dodie Waid, Breck Stoddard, Jared Blake, Heath Blake, Conrad Blake, Jessica Kunz, Lindsey Blake, Beau Blake, and JR Brickmore, 17 great Grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-great-grandchild.

Velma passed away of natural causes on May 2, 2014. A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Bidwell Funeral Home in St. Anthony with family services to follow. She will be laid to rest next to her husband Bill in the Parker Cemetery.

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