Velma Roselea Allen departed this life on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at her residence. She was born December 10, 1921 in Preston Co. a daughter of the late James Washington and Sylvia (Goff) Bolyard. She was united in marriage on June 3, 1942 to Ralph Edward Allen who preceded her in death. Surviving is-
Daughters-in-Law, Barbara Allen and Linda Coleman both of Philippi
Roann Neidert of Wheeling
Grandchildren- Dawn Allen Goodwin and husband Robert, Pt. Marion PA
Amy Allen, Philippi
Christina Allen Varvel and husband Steven, Chesterfield VA
Pastor Sarah Emily Allen, Middlebourne W
Great-Grandchildren: Alexander Varvel and wife Becky, Nathan Varvel, Jacob Varvel and
Great-Great Grandchildren: Penelope Varvel
Sister, Dorthea Welch, Somerset PA
Ms. Allen was preceded in death by three sons- James Franklin Allen, Douglas Edward Allen and David Ralph Allen; siblings, Ethel Marie Morehiser, Sarah Gruner, Melvin Bolyard, Mervin Bolyard and James Ray Bolyard.
Velma attended Preston Co. Schools from grade school through high school, and graduated Fellowsville High School in 1939. She was enrolled in AB. Two years later she received a Standard Normal Certification and Resumed at AB and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts Education. Her Graduate Studies include- University of Conn, University of California- Irvine Campus, and WVU receiving a MA in Arts Education.
She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority, Philippi Garden Club, Philippi Loins Club, Dorcas Rebeccas Lodge, West Virginia Classroom Teachers Assoc., James Barbour Chapter DAR, Homemakers, WVEA, NEA, CTA, and Barbour County Chamber of Commerce.
Velma’s career included teaching in One Room Schools in Preston Co. and Barbour Co., Philippi Elementary, Philippi Middle School, Philippi Junior High School, and Adult Basic Education at Philippi Barbour Co. High School.
She was a Methodist by Faith, and a member of Jerusalem United Methodist Church
Velma enjoyed traveling, knitting, crocheting, gardening and spending time with her family.
Friends will be received at Wright Funeral Home and Crematory 220 N. Walnut St. Philippi on Tuesday, August 11th from 4-8 pm and on Wednesday from 8am-12pm. Funeral services will be conducted at 12 pm. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Preston County.