Kenny Brothers Funeral Directors

3600 West 95th Street, Evergreen Park, IL


Velma R Wallace

August 8, 1929May 23, 2020

Velma R. Wallace, Born August 8, 1929 and passed away on May 23, 2020

We are following the guidelines of the State of Illinois and CDC. During this time, all services are for immediate families only. We ask for your understanding and cooperation to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We recognize this is a bit out of the ordinary and hope you can appreciate our efforts to keep the family, you, our staff, and the community safe


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Velma R Wallace

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Donna Pemberton

June 23, 2020

Velma worked in NM's surgical administrative offices when I was in the beginning stage of my nursing career. Even though she was old enough to be my mother, we shared a genuine friendship. When my children were born she easily stepped in to assist me and, therefore, became an additional 'grandmother' to Sarah, Doug and Nick ... able to nurture/support what was needed most in whatever moment. The calm in a storm; the breath of fresh air. She was present for day-to-day activities as well as celebrations/graduations, as seen here for Nick's 8th grade graduation, in spite of having a large family of her own. Her faith and church sustained her and, thereby, strengthened us. She loved us and we loved her more! Without a doubt she is the best person I've ever known; never had a bad word to say about anyone, not a complaint to offer. Steady as a rock. She was kind, gentle, caring with a heart of gold. A true gem. We are heartbroken with news of her passing at age 90 but feel blessed as well as thankful for her life that enriched us. In our hearts for always, dearest Velma. <3

Janice Little

June 16, 2020

V-valuable E-elegant L-leader M-magnificent A-awesome this is only a sampling of words to describe Mrs. Wallace. Mrs. Wallace was so kind to everyone and especially to me and my family. Soft-spoken, but stern. No matter what you did or how bad you felt she always uplifted you and never said a mean thing to you or about you! Cards for every occasion, but what I'll remember most is a gift she gave my husband, Willie, a cross with a Bible verse attached. He read it each day and it meant so much to him. That was over twenty years ago. Mrs. Wallace I love you dearly. Rest well you have earned your crown.
Janice Little

Douglas Burman

June 15, 2020

Class, elegance, unassuming… the first three words that come to mind when I think of Velma Wallace. The fourth and fifth, encouraging and friend, only comes to mind later because it has always been there, unspoken, lying beneath the surface.

I met Velma when I joined the First Immanuel choir in 1980, a soprano who always had a smile and a kind word. When she learned I had moved to Chicago single and alone, she invited me over to her apartment on Sundays after church, where she shared a meal, her family, and her afternoon with me. She made me a member of her extended family.

Openness and generosity… two more words that come to mind.
In those early days of our relationship, the Chicago Housing Projects were poorly maintained, yet Velma always made her home warm and attractive – elegant. When I taught Sunday School, I initially struggled, but Velma was there – encouraging, and still encouraging (and unassuming) when I expressed my frustrations at those I worked under during my graduate school days.

A blessing.

I was blessed to continue in her earthly friendship over forty years. We both moved to different places in our lives, both in the physical home where we resided and in our relationship to our work and those around us. Our circumstances may have changed, but we always remained connected, keeping in touch by phone when possible as well as at church.

Now Velma Wallace has moved onto another home, her heavenly home. Together, we all remain connected with her in our hearts as well as thoughts and prayers.

My heart and spirit pour out in communion with friends and family that miss Velma, lifting our hands upward to the place where we may again be one.

With my heartfelt blessings,
Doug Burman

Brenna Woodley

June 15, 2020

Our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers on the passing of your mom. We're sorry that quarantining kept us from being there to celebrate her life with you. We loved Mrs. Wallace! She always remembered our birthdays and other milestones, always had a smile and kind words for us, and to this very day I carry with me in my purse a cross she gave me. I'm never without it. I also have a prayer she gave me that has been posted on the bulletin board in my office for years! She had a big heart and enormous faith, and that of course lives on in all of you. Blessings to Tyrone and all family members. We celebrate her legacy with you, and support you during your time of grief.

Brenna (& Louis) Woodley

Christina Hanschke

June 6, 2020

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Ms. Wallace always found me at church and checked in on me and asked me how I was doing. Several times she would come down from her apartment to say hello while I was voting in the lobby of her residence. She just made me feel seen and cared about and I will truly miss her. I am so saddened to hear of her passing, but know that she is resting with Jesus now. All my love, thoughts and prayers to her family and loved ones who are mourning.

Aretha Reed

June 5, 2020

My Deepest Sympathy to the Wallace Family. My memories of Mrs. Wallace are all wonderful she always made my family feel Special always had kind words and showed Love. Best smile ever ❤🙏💐

Sylvia Ross

June 5, 2020

Dear Wallace family,
Your mother was a faithful,
beloved, member of First Immanuel and she will be sorely missed.
She shared with us a song which we always sung at the close of our Senior Club meetings and I just wanted to leave it with you.
" God will make away, when there seems to be no way.
He works in ways we cannot see.
He will make a way for me.
He will be my guide. Hold me closely to his side;
With love and strength for each new day; He will make a way,

Paulette Rogers Gumbus

June 5, 2020

Mrs. Wallace,

Rest in God's great Peace!

Know that you were so greatly loved.
The late Myrtle Nevels (my grandma) loved you.
The late Roy Rogers (my dad) absolutely adored you - that I feel compelled to write of the impact you had on their lives
The Rogers clan is simply stunned - we appreciate your leadership by "example".

I admire your graceful "presence", calm demeanor.
It is abundantly clear that you walk with God through your work as a Stephens Minister at First Immanuel. Steadfast faith with your Family.
Service to so many at FILC and Pastor Becker's prison ministry.
You are an amazing example of a virtuous woman. Thank you.

I pray for your family's strength and comfort during time time.
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Janis Thomas

June 5, 2020

My Deepest Sympathy to the Wallace family as mother Wallace has gone home. I have known Mrs. Wallace for over 50 years and she has never changed her connection with you. Loving, kind, concerned about your life choices, remembered every holiday with a Card and truly showed the LOVE she felt for you. I am part of her church family and she will truly be missed. I will also miss her smile and her soft calm voice.

Blessings and love,
Janis Blackman-Thomas

George Manning

June 5, 2020

Velma, I will love you always!