Velva Grace Christ
May 25, 1926-January 27, 2022
Our beloved Aunt Velva passed away on January 27th, 2022. She was a feisty 95 years young. Although she will be missed on this earth, we know that she is enjoying her new body and dancing in Heaven. For those who knew her, knew that she was looking forward to entering Heaven’s gates to meet Jesus and be rejoined with those who preceded her in death.
Velva was born to parents Harold Otto Christ and Nellie Mae Nelson in Glencoe City, McLeod County, Minnesota on 5/25/26 @ 5:25 PM – A unique coincidence? It definitely suites our amazingly unique and full of life Aunt Velva. Her grandmother, Alice Porter Nelson, was a midwife and helped deliver Velva into this world. Velva was the second of four daughters born to her parents: The four sisters are: Luella Rose, Velva Grace, Marvel Ruth, and Lois Joyce.
Velva spent the first 10 years of her life in Olivia, Minnesota. She told stories of vacationing in Green Lake where there were mosquitoes and blood suckers between her toes and the turtles would swim beside her in the lake. Velva learned to swim by just jumping into the lake. She was never afraid of an adventure! At age 10 she moved to Huntington Beach, California with her father, and two younger sisters (Marvel and Lois.) She started 5th grade in Huntington Beach. Velva graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 1944. She graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic, in Davenport, Iowa in 1947 and was the second generation of family members to do so (Father, Mother, and two Uncles). She had a Chiropractic Office in Santa Monica, California where she helped many people live a healthy life style. Velva sold her Chiropractic business to travel the world and take care of many friends and relatives from all over. As Velva would say, “There is no green grass growing under my feet!” Velva was always on the go and had the most impeccable timing as she would always show up were she was needed most.
Velva never married or had any children of her own, so she became the best Auntie to her three sisters children. She has 13 nieces and nephews, their spouses and families full of many great and great-great nieces and nephews. Velva was beloved by all who knew her. She would tell the best stories and jokes to hold everyone’s attention. She had a love for God that was fierce and shared the gospel and her faith with everyone who crossed her path. Velva traveled to Velva, North Dakota with a friend when she was 74 years old. She was featured in the local newspaper and they wrote: Imagine just cruising the country, taking in the sights and enjoying the company of a dear friend. No worries, no set destinations, no schedules and no deadlines-just going where the road takes you and follow your whims. This is exactly how Velva lived most of her life. She loved the ocean, animals, traveling and the people she met. Velva never met a stranger. She spent the final years of her life in assisted living, and long term care facilities in Laguna Hills, Ca.
The family plans to have a Ceremony of Life in May, Velva’s birth month, and will spread her ashes out in the ocean as per her wishes. To quote a few lines of her favorite poem, I’m Free: “Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free. My life’s been full, I savored much. Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Lift up your heart and share with me. God wanted me now; He set me free!”As Velva would say, “We’ll all be together one day and what a day of rejoicing that will be, when we all see Jesus and we live to eternity” We Love you Velva Grace Christ.