GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                              Monday, November 18, 2002

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Mary Lee Velk

 

  HAVRE -- Mary Lee (Bigwood) Velk, 64, of Havre, a former teacher who loved to garden, died Friday at a local hospital of cancer.

  A vigil service is 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Jude Catholic Church in Havre. Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, with burial in Highland Cemetery. After the graveside services, a luncheon will be served at the St. Jude Parish Center. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home of Havre is handling arrangements.

  Mary Lee is survived by her loving husband, Pete Velk of Havre; her sister, Beth Seel of Malta; her son, Mark Velk and wife, Kemi Owens Velk, and their children Travis and Kevin Velk, all of Havre; her son, John Velk and wife Rene Enebo, and their children Jordan Stone, Meghan Stone and Rachelle Stone, all of Missoula; her daughter, Lisa Velk Buseman and husband William Buseman, and their children Lexie Buseman, Connor Panion and Carson Panion, all of Missoula; her daughter, Laura Velk Owen and husband Curtis Owen, and their children Quartnee Owen and Katie Owen, all of Big Sandy.

  She was preceded in death by her parents.

  She was born June 22, 1938, in Malta, to Cecil and Edna Bigwood. Mary Lee graduated from Malta High School and then became a Pan Am Flight attendant.

  She then attended Northern Montana College and graduated with a teaching degree. While teaching she met and married Rayburn "Pete" Velk on Dec. 22, 1960. Pete and Mary Lee raised four children on the family farm north of Havre. Mary Lee was a devoted wife, a fabulous mother and grandma and a great friend. She enjoyed being outside and working in her garden. A large part of her life was listening and giving to others.

  She was surrounded by her loving family as she went to rest in the arms of the Lord on Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, after a brief but courageous bout with cancer.

  Memorials in Mary Lee's honor may be made to Gift of Life, P.O. Box 7008, Great Falls, MT 59406-7008; or The Shriners, c/o Algeria Shrine, P.O. Box 4879, Helena, MT 59604, or a memorial of one's choice

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                      Monday, November 18, 2002

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MARY LEE VELK

           

  Mary Lee Velk, 64, of Havre died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief but courageous bout with cancer. 

  She was born June 22, 1938, in Malta to Cecil and Edna Bigwood.  

  Mary Lee graduated from Malta High School then became a Pan Am Flight attendant. She then attended Northern Montana College and graduated with a teaching degree. 

  While teaching she met and married Rayburn “Pete” Velk on Dec. 22, 1960. Pete and Mary Lee raised four children on the family farm north of Havre. 

  Mary Lee was a devoted wife, a fabulous mother and grandma and a great friend. She enjoyed being outside and working in her garden. A large part of her life was listening and giving to others.    Mary Lee was preceded in death by her parents. 

  Mary Lee is survived by her husband, Pete Velk of Havre; sister, Beth Seel of Malta; sons, Mark (Kemi Owens) Velk of Havre and John (Rene Enebo) Velk of Missoula; daughters, Lisa Velk (William) Buseman of Missoula and Laura Velk (Curtis) Owen of Big Sandy; and 10 grandchildren. 

  A prayer vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Jude Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday St. Jude Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert D. Grosch officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery. After the graveside services, a luncheon will be served at the St. Jude Parish Center.

   Memorials in Mary Lee’s honor may be made to The Shriners, c/o Algeria Shrine, P.O. Box 4879, Helena, MT 59604; The Gift of Life, P.O. Box 7008, Great Falls, MT 59406-7008, or a memorial of one’s choice. 

  Services and arrangements are under the direction of Holland and Bonine Funeral Home.        

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THE MISSOULIAN                                                                         Monday, November 18, 2002

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 Mary Lee Velk

  HAVRE - Mary Lee (Bigwood) Velk, 64, surrounded by her loving family, went to rest in the arms of the Lord on Friday, Nov. 15, 2002, after a brief but courageous bout with cancer.

  She was born June 22, 1938, in Malta to Cecil and Edna Bigwood. Mary Lee graduated from Malta High School, then became a Pan Am flight attendant. She then attended Northern Montana College and graduated with a teaching degree.

  While teaching she met Rayburn "Pete" Velk. They were married on Dec. 22, 1960. Pete and Mary Lee raised four children on the family farm north of Havre. Mary Lee was a devoted wife, a fabulous mother and grandma and a great friend. She enjoyed being outside and working in her garden. A large part of her life was listening and giving to others.

  Mary Lee is survived by her loving husband Pete Velk of Havre; sister Beth Seel of Malta; son Mark Velk, his wife Kemi Owens Velk and their children Travis and Kevin Velk, all of Havre; son John Velk, his wife Rene Enebo and their children Jordan Stone, Meghan Stone and Rachelle Stone, all of Missoula; daughter Lisa Velk Buseman, her husband William Buseman and children Lexie Buseman, Connor Panion and Carson Panion, all of Missoula; and daughter Laura Velk Owen, her husband Curtis Owen and their children Quartnee Owen and Katie Owen, all of Big Sandy.

  Mary Lee was preceded in death by her parents.

  A prayer vigil service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at St. Jude Catholic Church.

  Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the church with Father Robert D. Grosch officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. After the graveside service, a luncheon will be served at the St. Jude Parish Center.

  Memorials in Mary Lee's honor may be made to the Shriners, c/o Algeria Shrine, P.O. Box 4879, Helena, MT 59604; The Gift of Life, P.O. Box 7008, Great Falls, MT 59406-7008; or a memorial of one's choice.

   Arrangements are by Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.

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