Velma Ruth Stuart
May 21, 1924 – August 20, 2013
Born Velma Ruth Hamm in Pendleton, Velma was raised and educated in Klamath Falls, where she met her future husband Bill Stuart.
During Bill’s service in the U.S. Navy they married in 1945, and moved to Brookings in 1951 to make their home and hearth.
Velma was an extraordinary homemaker, gardener, and artist, who loved nature and vigorous hikes. She especially enjoyed her European hiking adventures with her women friends.
Known for her strength, stamina, humor and her heart, Velma always left a lasting impression of her beauty and grace, inside and out.
With all her heart Velma was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She will be missed and long remembered for all she inspired in her family and friends.
Velma is survived by William “Bill” W. Stuart, her devoted husband of 68 years, of Brookings; children Linda Michaelson and husband Dan of Lakeview, Jill Brink and husband Brian of Brookings, and Roseville, Calif., Roy Stuart and wife Judy of Shady Cove, and Chara Stuart (Mary Lou) and her significant other Clyde Ford of Bellingham, Wash. Also surviving are 13 beautiful grandchildren and 29 wonderful great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father Frank Steve Hamm, who was assigned by President Roosevelt in 1942 as U.S. Marshal for the district of Oregon; mother Ethel Brewer Hamm; sister Vesta Brackman; and brother Lowell Hamm.
Please join the Stuart family in celebrating her life and in memorializing her legacy at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 770 Elk Drive in Brookings.
Donations may be made in Velma’s honor to Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St., Brookings, OR 97415 or South Coast Humane Society P.O. Box 7833, Brookings, OR 97415.
Submitted by the family.