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Velma I. Croft

d. April 4, 2020

Velma I. (Laws) Croft, age 89, of Athens, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in White Hall, Illinois.

Velma was born August 18, 1930 in Springfield, Illinois, the daughter of George and Nancy (Faught) Laws.              

She married Robert “Bob” Croft on October 10, 1948 in the Christian Church parsonage in Athens.  He preceded her in death.

Velma is survived by a son, Robert (Jo Ellen) Croft, Jr. of Athens; a daughter, Melaney Hughes of Springfield; four grandchildren, Adam (Linette) Hughes, Michele (Jeffery) Woods, Sarah (Chris) Hermes, and Robert (Stephanie) Croft III; ten great-grandchildren, Justen and Felicity Hughes, Anneliese and Thomas Woods, and Joshua Asbrock, Savannah and Greyson Hermes, Lydia, Abigail, and Lucas Croft; brother, John Laws of Union, MI; and several nieces and nephews.        

She is also preceded in death by a grandson, Andrew Croft.

Velma worked for the Villa Healthcare in Sherman.  She was a member of the Athens Christian Church

With the outbreak of Coronavirus and to lessen the spread of the disease, there will be a private graveside service held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens with Rev. Ken Gennicks officiating.         

Memorial contributions can be made to the Athens Christian Church in Athens, Illinois or White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in White Hall, Illinois.


  1. Please know how very sorry we are to hear of your mom’s passing. It has to be hard in these awful days of this virus not to be able to be around loved ones.
    Our thoughts and prayers for peace and strength are with you at this most difficult time.
    Hug to all,
    Kathy and Jim

  2. To the family of Velma Croft, Your Mother and Father were VERY special employees at the Villa West where my Mother spent her last 6 years. Your Mom took great care of each garment she laundered for each of the residents. Not only did she take excellent care of the residents, but she also took the time to visit with each resident. She was my mom’s friend. Your father was always ready to hang a picture, fix a light bulb, or do whatever the resident needed. After your Mom retired I would drive my mother to Velma’s home, so they could visit from my car. Your Mom and Dad were both very special people. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Linda Reed

  3. Our prayers are with your family at this time. It is never easy to lose a parent, but we know she is in a better place now. Dick & Ann Sybert

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