Velma P. Wright, 90, of North Platte passed away Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 at Linden Court.

Velma was born Dec. 24, 1928 in Moorefield to Ernest and Gladys (Johnson) Peters.

Velma attended school at Curtis, then the UNSA (School of Agriculture), graduating in 1946. The day after graduation her mother told her “Pack your bags and get on the bus to North Platte before all the jobs are taken.”

She worked at the Shady Inn, where she met her loving husband, Fred E. Wright. They were united in marriage on Jan. 21, 1949 at the First United Methodist Church in North Platte. She then worked as a telephone operator for many years.

The couple was blessed with five children. Velma was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, forming a close-knit family that could always be found together on special occasions and more recently “Monday Night Dinners.” Her grandkids will always remember her famous fruit cups, malts and grilled cheese sandwiches.

She is survived by her sons, Dan (Linda Mueller) and Doug (Kay) Wright, both of North Platte; daughters, Diane Huebner of Hershey, Denise (Duane) Skiles of North Platte, and Deb (Jim) Holz of Paxton; grandchildren, Tad Wright, Jennifer (Justin) Thomas, Greg (Angelina) Wright, Lyndee (Chris) Haertel, Jake Huebner, Megan (Kolby) Van Newkirk, Kellen (Adam) Hohman, Matt (Jessica) Skiles, Bret Skiles, Abby (Chris) Martinez, Eric (fiancé Lauren) Skiles, Kaitlyn (Alex) Arthur, Brandi (Shawn) Jording, Erin Wright, Madison (Dave) Diener, Carli Holz, and Emma Holz; and 24 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; grandchildren, James Holz, Joseph Holz, and Korey Huebner; great grandchild, Korbin Hohman; daughter-in-law, Cornell Wright; and son-in-law, Gene Huebner.

Cremation was chosen. Services were Aug. 30 at Carpenter Memorial Chapel, which was in care of arrangements, with Rev. Robert Deardoff officiating. Inurnment was at the North Platte Cemetery.

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