Velma (Reel) Christison

Born: Tue., Sep. 16, 1930
Died: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Feb. 05, 2020
Location: Pittsfield Location

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Feb. 06, 2020
Location: Detroit Methodist Church

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Velma Christison, age 89 of rural Pittsfield, IL passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on September 16, 1930 to Harry and Frances (Ellis) Reel. Velma married the love of her life, William Christison on June 24, 1950 at the Detroit United Methodist Church in Detroit, IL by Reverend John Watson and he survives.

Velma graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1948 and went to work at Stark Brothers. Soon after, she met Bill when he came to build a pond for her dad and that moment is where their love story began. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to the Ellis Family Farm where she was born and raised and continued to live until her passing.

Velma was a loving wife and mother who was always stylish and put together with a little sass. She loved to cook and is described by her son-in-law as the best cook in Pike County. She continued to teach her daughters her secrets while fixing Sunday lunch for her family every week. Velma loved embroidery, needlepoint and quilting. She enjoyed making quilts for all her grandchildren and great grandchildren along with gifting each of her daughters a special quilt for their 50th birthdays. Velma was a member of the Detroit United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, HCE, Country Couples and Pike Promenaders. Bill and Velma enjoyed square dancing, playing cards and games, and took great pleasure traveling with family and in later years enjoyed traveling with Goodwin Tours.

She is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Bill Christison; daughters, Peggy Guthrie of rural Pittsfield, IL, Sandra (John) Farrell of rural Pittsfield, IL, Brenda (Jim) Swartz of rural Pittsfield, IL and Vicky (Earl) Phillips of rural Pittsfield, IL; grandchildren, Rodney (Jessica) Guthrie, Jill (Luke) Wiley, Amy (Richie) Williams, Lisa Farrell, Katie (Jim) Shields and Abby (Joe) Landolt; great grandchildren, Will and Xan Guthrie, Kara, Lauren and Hannah Williams, Drew, Dylan and Ellie Shields and Ben and Jack Landolt. Also surviving is brother; A.C. (Norma) Reel; sister, Leta Jean Daniels and sister-in-laws, Ann Reel and Pat (Clarence) Huseman.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Lois Miller; brother, Harry Lee Reel and son-in-laws, Paul Guthrie and Robbie Howland.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Detroit Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Blue River Cemetery . Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to be made to Blue River Cemetery. Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Velma's memory to the following organization:

Blue River Cemetery
Detroit, IL

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   Posted Mon February 03, 2020
Sorry for your lost. She will be missed. Good cook housekeeper,decorator, and hosted some interesting home extension parties

Carole Hirsch
   Posted Tue February 04, 2020
My sympathy and prayers to the family.
Remembering Velma: Her devotion to Bill and her daughters and their families.
Memories of square dancing with them and attending QU basketball games when Lisa played. Time will eventually make this loss easier to bear and you have many happy memories to share with each other.

Roger and Tina Hall
   Posted Tue February 04, 2020
Sending our sincere condolences. We're so very sorry for your loss.

Connie Kunzeman
   Posted Tue February 04, 2020
Peggy & Sandy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss, but hold tight to the wonderful memories you have. God has a special angel in heaven today!My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Pat (Thornton) Glenn
   Posted Wed February 05, 2020
So sorry for your loss. May memories of Velma bring you peace.

Gene and June Kesterson
   Posted Wed February 05, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Judy Scranton
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020
My sympathy and love to your family. I count it a privilege to have had Velma as a cousin and friend. It was always fun to visit with her.

Paula McLaughlin
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020
So sorry to hear of Velma's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Gourley
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother and wife. We enjoyed square dancing with you all --- back in the day. You are in our prayers!

Bonnie Casteel Long
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020
My condolence to all of Velma’s family.
I recently enjoyed brief visits at Advanced Therapy.
Always friendly she and Bill were pleasant to meet.
May warm and heartfelt memories always rekindle the love you shared.
With my Sincere Sympathy, Bonnie

Sara Fearneyhough Barger
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Velma was a wonderful lady. Enjoyed visiting and spending time with all of you at the many square dances I attended with my parents (Weldon and Gracie Fearneyhough). May you find comfort and peace in the memories. With sympathy. Sara

Patricia Lightle Smith
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
I remember Velma at the Ellis reunions and visiting your home during that Reunion where all of the Ellis sites were visited in the Detroit area. I've been proud to be part of the Ellis clan. Frances infectious laugh is a good memory of mine and everyone there sharing. My Mother Lois Ellis Hammerton Lightle and Grandmother Annie Ellis Hammerton is my connection to you.
Death leaves a heart ache no one can heal
Love leaves a memory no one can steal

Donna Mills Robson
   Posted Mon February 10, 2020
Velma and my mother, Dorothy Moore Mills, were lifelong friends. They didn’t see each other often but I think it was the kind of friendship where that didn’t matter. They always picked where they left off. My thoughts and prayers are with the Christison family.

Lisa Feenstra
   Posted Wed February 19, 2020
Even though I didn't know Velma personally, I could tell that she was the center of a close-knit loving family from conversations with Amy during my hair appointments. I am so sorry for your loss.

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