Velda Brainard, 94, died at her home in North English on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Memorial Services were held on Jan. 5 at the Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North English. Chaplin Mike Patterson officiated. Burial was in the North English Cemetery. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the North English Community Center or first responders. Messages and tributes may be left at www.powellfuneralhomes.com under obituaries.
Velda B. Brainard was born on Feb. 23, 1919, in Delta, a daughter of Charles Lee and Viola (Ashley) Baughman. She graduated from Delta High School. Velda was united in marriage to Alfred J. Brainard on Jan. 1, 1937, in Oskaloosa. They made their home in Delta until moving to North English in 1941. Velda was a member of the North English United Methodist Church. Alfred preceded her in death in 1983. In the early years she worked in the North English Meat Locker and later for Evans Photography. She volunteered at the English Valley Care Center. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Velda is survived by two children: David Brainard of Marion and Nancy Edwards of North English; sons-in-law: Harold Ransier and Gary Edwards; four grandchildren: Steve Ransier of Rochester, Minn; Nick (Brittney) Edwards of Alta; Jenna Edwards of North Liberty; Amber (Scott) Clinton of Cedar Rapids; eight great grandchildren: Chris Ransier, Tina Ransier, Kade Edwards, Peyton Edwards, Bradon Clinton, Jarron Clinton, Scotty Clinton and Alaynna Clinton.