92-year-old Velma Dean Trotter of Marion, passed away at 7:53am on Sunday, July 19 at her home, with her children by her side.
Velma was born in Wayne County, Illinois, the daughter of Lyde and Opal (Williams) Thomason. She married Frank Lloyd Trotter in Mount Vernon on August 3, 1945. Velma was a homemaker, and was proud to assume the role of a pastor’s wife, which she did graciously. Rev. Frank Lloyd Trotter preceded her in death on September 2, 2000.
Mrs. Trotter was a member of Third Baptist Church in Marion. She was also a member of the Heartland Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, where she had volunteered in the ICU waiting room.
Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law- Lowell and Twila Trotter of Cocoa, Florida; daughter and son-in-law- Renee and Michael Holmes of Marion; daughter and son-in-law- Mary Ann and Bruce Sellars of Marion; six grandchildren- Lori Gulley (Curt), Rebecca Winn-Schlink (Eric), Lana Lenzini (Todd), Buddy Sellars (Andrea), Joey Sellars, Aimee Belt (Andy); seven great-grandchildren- Tabitha and Wesley Lenzini, Samuel, Stephen, and Sarah Sellars, Autumn and Ashton Belt; sister- Bernetha Ralston of Loves Park, several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandson- Eric Michael, three brothers- Donal, Russell and Connie Thomason, two sisters- Barbara Sims, and Norma Wells.
Graveside services will be held at 3pm on Wednesday, July 22 at Thomason Cemetery in Wayne City, with Mr. Buddy Sellars officiating. Family and friends are asked to gather directly at the cemetery. Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with final arrangements.
For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the Marion 3rd Baptist Church, Hospice of Southern Illinois, or the American Red Cross. Envelopes will be available at the graveside service or at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home; 800 N Market Street; Marion, IL 62959.
For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com