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Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory

4650 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA

OBITUARY

Laura H. Velle

February 22, 1934September 3, 2019

Velle, Laura H., 85, of Sandston, born on February 22, 1934 in Charlottesville, Va., departed this life on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Laura touched the lives of thousands of children as a teacher and guidance counselor in Henrico County for 32 years, retiring in 1989. A career highlight was teaching at Antioch School, a 1-room schoolhouse in Elko. She also worked at John Rolfe Middle, Montrose, Crestview, Highland Springs, and Seven Pines Elementary Schools. Laura was a graduate of Averett College and VCU. She was an inaugural board member of the Chickahominy YMCA and an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She loved tap and square dancing, the beach, and being a grandmother. Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Bertha Lambert; her husbands, Joseph A. Hall and Louis Velle; and her long-time companion, Walter Smith. She is survived by her son, Jon Hall, Sr. (Lisa) of Glen Allen; her grandchildren, Delaney, Joseph, and Jon Hall, Jr.; and her goddaughter, Jodi Roberts (Clay) of Sandston. The family extends sincere gratitude to Commonwealth Senior Living; Autumn Care of Mechanicsville; Visiting Angels; her dear friends, Barbara Evans, Jackie Smith, and Sandra Horton; and numerous caregivers for her care and comfort. Visitation will start at 10am with a service at 11am on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va., followed by interment at 4pm at Prize Hill Cemetery in Free Union, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond. Online condolences may be made at nelsenrichmond.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Bertha Lambert; her husbands, Joseph A. Hall and Louis Velle; and her long-time companion, Walter Smith. She is survived by her son, Jon Hall, Sr. (Lisa) of Glen Allen; her grandchildren, Delaney, Joseph, and Jon Hall, Jr.; and her goddaughter, Jodi Roberts (Clay) of Sandston.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, September 14, 2019

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Patricia Compton Lilly

September 10, 2019

Laura has been an integral part of my life since I was in her second grade classroom at Sandston Elementary School. At that age, she made me feel very secure and loved. Fast forward and she and I would meet again as colleagues working at Seven Pines Elementary. Her loving smile was still beaming making the staff and students feel safe and happy. Bringing Gertie the Goose into my classroom during her guidance lessons helped the students open up and freely express their feelings. Thank you Laura for being an outstanding teacher, colleague, and friend. My condolences to the Hall family. Patricia Compton Lilly

Dianne Hughs Shuler

September 8, 2019

Laura was a best friend of Jeanne Elgert Hughs, who had married my father in late years. I certainly met and spent time with Laura some years ago and her long-time companion, Walter, too. What a full life she led and what energy she shared. As a retired teacher, too, I had an extra connection to Laura, and Jeanne, of course, and another friend of theirs, Louise Verelle, with whom I had taught many years ago, too. Jeanne and my father have also passed away now. It doesn't seem that so many years have passed that we have lost all of them. My thoughts are with all of you. Dianne Hughs Shuler

DHShuler, HRSPA Rep

September 8, 2019

The members of Henrico Retired School Personnel Association extend their sincere condolences to the family of Laura Velle and our appreciation for her many years of service to students and staff in our schools.

Marcia Sluder

September 8, 2019

God certainly gained an angel when he called Laura home. If you have ever lost a child, rest assured Laura is now taking care & watching over every child in heaven. She was the most compassionate & funniest person I have known. Loved her "Golden Girls" , UVA basketball & Averette College. Always did a little cheer about Averette. I know how happy she is now to be reunited with Jon. Love you dearly Laura!!

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