VELMA R FELIX
Passed away on February 2, 2019
Velma Felix , 84, of Madison, Al. passed away Saturday night, Feb. 2, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rodney March 2018, and her 2 brothers years earlier. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Camp Hill, Pa. until 1999, and followed by Messiah Lutheran Church for her 19 years of retirement.
She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Medeiros of Alabama, and son, David Felix in Pennsylvania.
She grew up in Clearfield Pa., and then moved to Washington D.C., where she worked as a stenographer and file clerk with the F.B.I. She married there and had two happy years with her first husband, who died suddenly days after Nancy’s birth and was buried in Arlington National Cemetary.
Velma returned to her childhood home, doing a daily sports broadcast at a radio station where she also worked as a receptionist. She subsequently married Rodney Felix, a sports editor at the nearby Clearfield Progress Newspaper. After their son David was born, they lived in Lancaster, Pa. and then Camp Hill, Pa. where Velma worked as a secretary at the United Methodist Home for Children She joined the Penns Woods Charter Chapter of The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA,) eventually becoming a Program Chairman. Rodney was City Editor at the Harrisburg Patriot Newspaper.
They loved escaping to RV camping weekends and travels. This culminated in a yearlong work hiatus for both to enjoy trailering at their own speed across the U.S.A. and Canada, visiting many national parks, and detouring at their whim to “off the beaten path” wonders. Rod retired when they returned home in 1992. Velma retired in 1999 and they subsequently enjoyed 19 years of their shared dream: moving to the Sunshine State. They thrived on easy access to Caribbean cruising, travel to multiple destinations in Europe, and a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Velma enjoyed genealogy, walking, going to dinner and theater, and Hawaiian & ballroom dancing, reading, painting and crafts, scrabble and bingo.
She loved returning to Pa. for family visits and high school reunions, and especially participating in the yearly Messiah Lutheran Church drive through Christmas Diorama at Cape Coral. She played an angel at the manger, and Rod played the inn keeper who turned away the holy couple.
Memorial services will be finalized at the convenience of family members “when it is warmer up north” so we may honor the wishes of Velma & Rod to be together at the family cemetery in the beautiful mountains of Pa. We will miss Velma’s wonderful angel smile (which was full of sunshine and love for all), energizer bunny-like perkiness, and wonderful sense of humor.