Velma Hartman


May 28, 2013 - 12:00 AM

Velma Louise Hartman, 84, Columbus, died Friday, May 24, 2013, at Mercy Maude Norton Hospital in Columbus, following an illness.
Velma was born July 30, 1928 in Iola, the daughter of Arthur and Alma (Fine) Conner. Born and raised in Iola, Velma was a graduate of Iola High School. She later became a nurse and worked at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Olathe, where she made her home for many years. She later retired to LaHarpe, and lived her final years in Columbus, to be near family.
In December of 1943 Velma married Billy Dean Johnson Sr. in Iola. On Nov. 20, 1965, Velma married John William Hartman in Iola. He survives at the home.
Velma was of the Christian faith; she loved her grandkids, family, flowers, crocheting and last but not least, her cat.
Survivors include her children Gloria (Johnson) Brown, Kansas City, Mo., and Alan L. Johnson and wife Rosemary of Columbus; daughter-in-law Judy Johnson of Independence; grandchildren Kim (Brown) Beecher, Kris Brown, Bridget (Johnson) Golay and husband Kevin, Brandi (Johnson) Ranabargar and husband Kerry, Chad Johnson and wife Coty, Courtney (Johnson) Youngblood and husband K.C.; step-grandchildren Nikki (Cross) Slapper and Bethany (Cross) Alexander.
She was preceded in death by her parents, children Patricia Collins and Billy D. Johnson Jr. and grandson Troy L. Collins.
Funeral services are at 6:30 p.m. today at Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus, with the Rev. Dennis Johnson officiating. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at LaHarpe Cemetery in LaHarpe, with Pastor Jared Ellis officiating. Friends may call the funeral home after 1 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers the family asks expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorials to the All God’s Creatures Fund. Friends may drop off or mail memorials to Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 611 S. East Ave. Columbus, KS 66725. E-mail condolences may be left at Arrangements are by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Columbus.

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