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Velma Mae Rhodes

June 15, 1933 — March 4, 2021

Velma Mae Rhodes

Velma Mae Rhodes

Age 87 of Wilmington passed away Thursday, March 4, 2021.

Born June 15, 1933 in Ramsey, Illinois, Velma was a daughter of Ora and Elsie (nee Carlock) McCaslin. She retired from the Wilmington Post Office, and was an active member of the Women of the Moose in Wilmington. Velma enjoyed life to the fullest and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her five children: Darlene (Lester) Geiss, Jim (Karen) Rhodes, Rita (Dave) Lovell, Billy Joe Rhodes, and Barbara Rhodes; seven grandchildren: Sandi (Tim) Stallard, Shauna Crawford, Markus Nielsen, Kristin Rhodes, Travis (Candiece) Robinson, Kara (Rick) Felske, and Lindsay (Mike) Powers; seven great-grandchildren: Rylan, Kylie, Tommy, Logan, Tyler, Brooklyn, and Zach; and one sister, Angie (Charles) Carr.

Velma was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Rhodes on August 4, 2007, one daughter, Elsie Jane, in infancy, and one brother and several sisters.

The family will receive friends for a visitation on Monday, March 8, 2021 at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road, in Wilmington from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

A private family interment will follow the visitation at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, where Velma will be laid to rest with her husband.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Velma’s memory to: Alzheimer’s Association, 255 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601 or Uplifted Care, 482 Main Street NW, Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Velma’s memorial page by logging onto: www.BaskervilleFuneral.com

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington (815) 476-2181.

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