Velma Hansen Lyman, 91, passed away December 8, 2009, in Spring City, UT at the home of her daughter, Velyn Corbett, from causes incident to age.
She was born April 30, 1918, in Centerfield, UT, to Charles S. and Mary Westover Hansen.
Velma was a graduate of Snow College and the University of Utah, where she received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
She served a mission for the LDS Church in Northern California, where she met the man who would later become her sweetheart, Kay Perkins Lyman.
Their courtship mainly consisted of correspondence while he was stationed in Europe during World War II. They were married in the Manti Temple on May 10, 1946, just ten days after he returned home. Through the years, they welcomed eight children into their home.
Family was always the focal point of her life, but she also dedicated many hours to service in the Church. She served faithfully in many callings over the years and was loved and admired by those she served with and those she served.
Velma loved teaching, whether it was in church callings or in the school system. The children she taught were dear to her. She found joy in following their lives through the years. She also enjoyed having neighbor children in her home. They all loved her and her homemade whole wheat bread.
Her greatest joy was her own family. Her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren love and honor her for the wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother she was and for the legacy of love she left.
She is survived by her husband, Kay; eight children: Charles, Mary Kay (Michael) McGrew, Sue Zan (Merlin) Morgan, Velyn (Bob) Corbett, Deana (Paul) Day, Grant (Barbara), Platte (Leah), and Ben (Lolly); 42 grandchildren, and 54 great grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Helen Hill, Carma Allen, and Ardyth (Doyle) West, and sisters-in-law Clessa Black, LaRee Lyman, and Rene (Art) Morin. She is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, three grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
Funeral services were December 14, 2009, under the direction of Bishop Phil Lyman. Interment in the Blanding Cemetery.