In Memory of

Velma Mae Garvin

May 27, 1930 - November 29, 2019
From: Marcus, IA

 Velma was born May 27, 1930 to Matt and Josephine Schwartz.  She was raised in Hartington, Nebraska. Being the oldest sibling of 12, she always had a lot of responsibilities growing up: farm chores of milking cows, tending the garden, working in the fields & caring for littler ones...

She met Richard (Dick) Garvin on a blind date while on leave from the service. First impressions were questionable when he showed up with his Harley Davidson hat!  They were married in 1953, and raised their own big family of 5. Moving from the farm to town in Marcus, Velma was trained as a florist, and opened The Marcus Greenhouse and Flower Shop. Together they made flowers their life for over 48 years!

Velma loved to be involved and help where she could: Foster Grandparents, Catholic Daughters, The Guild, Hobby Club, Card Clubs …until her health started to fail at 88, she was still volunteering at St. Mary’s in Remsen. She always believed in “Keeping Busy” & was an example of living it!

She also loved to have fun with her Family & Friends: relaxing at Lake Okoboji & Playing LOTS of CARDS!

Velma lived a full life with her Catholic Faith being very important to her, leading the Rosary when she could and attending mass frequently.

This past year at Heartland Care has been one of rest, finally taking the time for some naps!

Velma is survived by her 5 children; Chuck (Carol) of LeMars, Dean (Sheila) of Sioux City, Katie (Dick) Blount of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Diane (Mark) Smith of Dana Point, CA and Karen (Kevin) Wauhob of Sioux City, 10 Grandchildren and 9 Great-grandchildren.


                     Velma, you take with you, a Piece of our Hearts

for we will never forget you.

Your Journey here is complete…Until we see you again!

Donations in honor of Velma can be sent to:

Foster Grandparents: 1510 14th St, Rock Valley, IA 5124   (712) 476-2628

OR: Heartland Care: 604 E. Fenton Str. Marcus, Ia 51035  (712) 376-2500

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus, Iowa.
Father Bill McCarthy and Father Gene Murray
Brett Garvin
Justin Garvin
Corey Garvin
Jill Wagner
Amy Smalley
Stephanie Smith
Coleman Smith
Dylan Smith
Aeriel Wauhob
Tanner Wauhob
Visitation will be held from 4:45 -7:00 p.m. Monday, with the family present during that time at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Marcus. There will be a Catholic Daughters Rosary at 4:45 p.m. Monday, followed by a 5:00 p.m. prayer service at the funeral home.
Organist- Steve Smith
Vocalists- Holy Name Choir

"Be Not Afraid"
"Precious Lord"
"On Eagle's Wings"
"I Can Only Imagine"
"How Great Thou Art"
Holy Name Catholic Cemetery
Marcus, Iowa


Monday, December 9, 2019 at 12:09 PM
“We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a wonderful lady & I have fond memories of her while I was in high school and her high tolerance of us kids in her basement! May your memories of her help to lighten the sorrow of your loss. With love, Paul & Jane”
- Jane & Paul Bunkers
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 12:15 PM
“I was saddened to see that Velma passed recently. I got to know her because of her strong support for Catholic education when Karen was at Remsen St. Mary's. I will keep the family in my prayers.”
- Mark Lynch
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9:57 AM
“So sorry to read about Velma's passing. She was always a joy to visit with.”
- Charles Hatz
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9:57 AM
“Jill and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Hope all your memories of times together gives you comfort. Praying for you.”
- Jenni Hill
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9:57 AM
“Chuck & Carol & Family, so sorry to h”
- Lois George
Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9:57 AM
“Dear Family, I send my sympathy to you. Your mom was a wonderful lady who had a very generous heart. She will be missed by the community. I have known her since my young adult life. Your mom was a good friend of my mother, Imelda Roethler from working in the green house to playing cards, etc. May the Lord be your comfort and strength in the days to come as you grieve her loss. Shirley Dunne”
- Shirley Roethler Dunne
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