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Velma Higgs

Velma Higgs died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at Paonia Care Center. She was 76.

A celebration of life was held Sunday, Aug. 30, at Cleland Park in Delta.

Velma A. Dennis was born in Farmington, N.M., Jan. 9, 1939, to Cecil and Dorothy (Abney) Dennis. Her childhood was spent in Ouray and Delta.

She married Leroy Higgs Feb. 11, 1954, in Delta. They lived in Nevada, Utah and Grand Junction where Leroy worked in mining.

Mrs. Higgs enjoyed craftwork, sewing, crocheting, music, especially singing, and gambling trips.

She is survived by her sons, Jim (Hope) Higgs, Bill (Jenny) Higgs, all of Delta, and Ben (Melody) Higgs of Cedaredge; her daughter, Synthia Higgs of Delta; her sisters, Evonne Gage and Ileene Toliver, both of Olathe; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Leroy, on March 19, 2004; her brothers, Donald Dennis, Jimmy Dennis and Wayne Dennis; and her sisters, Artha Borders and Evelyn Patterson.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Alzheimer's care at Horizons Care Center, 1411 Hwy. 65, Eckert, CO 81418.

Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory handled the arrangements.

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