Velma C. Beale

October 22, 1938 ‒ September 10, 2018

Howard, Ohio

Velma C. Beale, age 79, of Howard, Ohio, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 22, 1938 in Fort Benning, Georgia the daughter of Troy and Lucille (Culbreth) Shaw.  Velma served in the United States Air Force.

Velma earned her Bachelor of Art and Master’s Degrees in Art Education from The Ohio State University.  She taught in the Reynoldsburg school district for 16 years.  Velma was a member of the Ohio State Teachers Association and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Ohio where she had served as president for 2 years.  Velma was also responsible for the production and distribution of the monthly newsletter for NAMI of Ohio.

She is survived by her husband Edwin Beale; her children, James (Amy) Beale of Texas and Gwenydd Beale of Washington; three grandchildren, Rhiannon and Aidan Beale and Dana Beale.  She is also survived by her sister Linda (Lawton) Etheridge of Canton, Georgia.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter Edwina Beale and a son, Peter Beale.

Friends may call on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a military service provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will begin at 3 p.m.  The family will observe a private burial.

Memorial contributions in Velma’s name may be made to Hospice of Knox County or NAMI of Knox and Licking County, 15 E. Vine Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Velma C. Beale.

  • My deep sympathies and sincere condolences to the entire Beale family. Death is a very horrible “enemy” that unfortunately affects us all. So may the family and friends be comforted by their many cherished and fond memories they made with Ms. Velma, and may they also draw added comfort and hope from God’s future promises: Jesus said that “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life.” (John 5:28, 29); Jesus said to her [Martha]: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” (John 11:25); “And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing.”​ -1Corinthians 15:26

  • Velma and my mom worked together and she has been a part of my life for over 50 years. After my mom passed, Velma and her family stepped in and took me and my 3 brothers in along with their own 3 sons. Velma became a surrogate mother and following Southern Tradition, of which she was extremely proud, til this day I called her “mama”. Thanks for all the sacrifices that you made and for all the love that you showed. May flights of Angels carry you to your rest

  • Cousin Ed and Family,
    We were so sorry to see Gwen’s post and your sad news by phone. We know Velma was a very special person and the world is better for her presence. We know you will miss her every day–talk with her, share your thoughts with her and know she is safe.
    The miles between us will keep us from being with you on Sunday but please know that you are in Chris’s and my thoughts.

  • I felt it an honor to meet Velma and pay tribute to the outstanding and significant contributions she has made as a crusader for the mentally ill and their families to make life better through education, support, and advocacy are invaluable. It was our privilege as the director of NAMI Knox Licking County Ohio and others to recognize her personally a few years ago for the many contributions and her staunch dedication as an advocate for the mentally ill not only in Knox County, Ohio with folks she wanted to help, but her efforts reached out through her research and writings that she contributed to the President’s Freedom Commission on Mental Health (George W. Bush) in 2002 that have helped to shape and improve and set the course for the systems of mental health care that we are experiencing today — there is still a lot of work to do. Velma’s efforts and inspiration have left an impact that will be long-lasting.
    On behalf of our local NAMI and those of us who cherish her memory we offer our gratitude for the legacy she has left behind to guide us and inspire us. Our deep heartfelt condolences to her family.
    Dodie Melvin, director volunteer
    NAMI Knox Licking County Ohio