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On Sunday, September 19, 2021, Velma Elizabeth Williams, passed away after a brief illness at the age of 92. Velma was born in Biddeford, Maine on August 8, 1929, to Elizabeth McGarrity Williams and James Williams. She attended Saint Mary’s elementary school in Biddeford, and graduated from Old Orchard Beach High School. Velma spent her career as a buyer for Porteous, Mitchell and Braun, where her eye for fashion and her outgoing personality earned her the respect and affection of her employers and coworkers.
Velma lived in Old Orchard Beach for most of her life, where she volunteered regularly for town activities and put in hundreds of hours at both local and national elections. In addition to a full time career, Velma helped raise nieces and nephews, and cared for her mother “Lizzy” and her lifelong companion Emerson Cummings to the end of their lives.
Velma moved to Atlantic Heights in 2018, where she had a smile and a joke for everyone and made many good friends. She loved to make people laugh and every party or holiday was just an excuse to dress up in a costume and entertain her fellow residents.
Velma was preceded in death by her beloved companion, Emerson Cummings, her sisters Dorothy, Deida and Tena, and her brother Clarence. She is survived by her brother Earl Williams of South Nyack, NY and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and life-long friends.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations can be made in Velma’s honor to The E Emerson Cummings Memorial Scholarship at Old Orchard Beach High School, 40 Emerson Cummings Blvd., OOB, ME 04064
A graveside service for friends and family will be held at Scarborough Memorial Cemetery on Old Blue Point Road on October 16th at 10:00 am.
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