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Velda Eileen (Wideman) Stutzman of Camrose, Alberta was born on December 20, 1931 to Menno and Barbara Wideman on a farm near Tofield, Alberta. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 1, 2024 at St. Mary's Hospital in Camrose at the age of 92 years.
Velda grew up enjoying farm life, loving her cats, dogs and horses. She attended Salem Mennonite Church her whole life. She enjoyed the young peoples activities in her youth and later the camaraderie of the ladies sewing circles, food committees and the ladies Sunday School classes. On June 20, 1952 Velda married Nathan Stutzman. Together they farmed near Kingman, Alberta raising chickens, cattle, sheep, grain and three children; Sharon, Dennis and Eileen. Velda was always more enthused about outdoor activities like skating, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, bicycling, hiking and gardening versus being in the house sewing and cooking!
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters Sharon (Ed) Wiens and Eileen (Neil) Sheffer; 7 grandchildren Melanie (Keith) Irwin, Shane (Colleen), Angie (Tom) Bingham, Dustin, Sheldon, Brianne and Josh; 7 great-grandchildren Keltie, Lauren, Sydney Irwin, Denae, Ryan Wiens, Jack and Moses Bingham; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Velda was predeceased by her husband Nathan in 2014; son Dennis in 1980; granddaughter Caylee in 2005 and her brother Merlin in 2016.
She will be remembered for her love of the outdoors, sharing a good laugh and her many stories of cats and horses. She loved her family and was always interested in the lives of the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the amazing staff of St. Mary's Hospital on Unit 2 for the wonderful care of Velda during her time there. Thanks to family and friends whose love and support have been much appreciated at this time. A special thanks to the staff and residents at Rosealta Lodge who became Velda's friends over the past 4 years. Thank you to the Home Care team that cared for Velda at Rosealta.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2023 at Salem Mennonite Church south of Tofield, Alberta with Pastor Mark Loewen officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee.