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Velma Louise Goodrum, age 95, of Lamar, passed away Monday, June 28, 2021 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri following a short illness.
Velma was born October 2, 1925, near Gridley, Kansas, fourth of the ten children born to E.M. and Sophia (Sauder) Elrod.  E.M. was an evangelist and the Elrod family had lived in various communities in Kansas, California, and Missouri.  Velma graduated from Miller High School in 1943.  While working in the office of Barton County Electric, she met and fell in love with Dan Goodrum, a young lineman back from the war.  They married on November 3, 1946, making their home and raising their three children in Lamar. Dan and Velma had celebrated 67 years together at the time of his death in 2014.  Velma was also preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother, Dorothy Elrod; three brothers, Harvey, Glen, and Howard Elrod; and two sisters, Erma Misemer and Vera Elrod.
In addition to her role as a devoted wife and mother, Velma was an efficient and meticulous office manager, working for Reavley Dental, State Farm Insurance, Norris Grain, and Three Brothers Supply where she was named Rotary Employee of the Year in 1986.  After retiring from Three Brothers in 1990, Velma shared her time and talent as a volunteer, serving as president of Barton County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for 14 years. She was honored as BCMH Auxiliary Volunteer of the year in 2009, elected in 2010 to the BCMH Hall of Fame, was named Phi Kappa RBO Woman of the Year in 2010, and Lamar United Methodist Church Woman of the Year in 2012.
Survivors include a son, Jim (Carol) Goodrum, Asheville, North Carolina; two daughters, Susie (George) Koerble, Fair Grove, Missouri and Brenda (Mike) Willet, Branson, Missouri; four sisters, Helen Bailey, Carthage, Missouri, Betty Runion, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Ruth Ann (Russell) Human, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Rachel Elrod, Aurora, Colorado; seven grandchildren, Galen (Natasha) Goodrum, James Goodrum, Andrea (Trevor) Bray, Megan (Christopher) Hampton, Wendy Inman, Brian (Edna) Koerble, and Jennifer (Mark) Yount; and 11 great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.  Velma was looking forward to welcoming her 12th great-grandchild this December and her first great-great-grandbaby this July.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Daniel Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held  at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 3rd, at Daniel Funeral Home with burial in Memory Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Nathan's Place in care of the funeral home.
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#13 Mesa, ArizonaRejeana Zinn Barker 2021-07-17 05:56
Susie and family, I am only now learning of your loss, so pardon the tardiness of my condolences. My sympathy to all of you. May your time of sorrow be lessened with times of joy because Velma left many happy memories for you to cherish.
#12 Lamar, MOLaurann Robertson 2021-07-07 23:54
Dear family, What a wonderful lady! I remember her from working at the hospital. What axblessing she was to so many! Prayers to you.
#11 Bellevue NE 68123W. Jerry Heydenberk 2021-07-05 20:02
I am wondering if Velma Goodrum is mother to Jim Goodrum, who graduated from LHS about 1969? If so, I can recall Velma being in Christian Church in Lamar when I attended VBS as a youngster. I had great difficulty placing my biblical scripture on the nail board because the previous scriptural card kept falling off as I attempted to put on the new card. Whew, I was so glad when the closing VBS crowd saw me finish the exercise at the front of the sanctuary!
#10 KC, MOJohn M. 2021-07-05 19:04
Thoughts go out to you Brenda and your family, your old H.S. friend John.
#9 Lamar MoJan VanGilder 2021-07-03 16:37
Prayers for comfort! She was a great lady. . . Glad I got to see her dance while on the Lamar Bank and Trust bus trip! A lovely lady. . . Celebrate the fun times. . . I imagine there were many!
#8 LamarAlan Washburn 2021-07-03 12:56
Our prayers go out to Velma's family and friends. We had good times joking around at Three Brothers. She was a lot of fun.
#7 Lamar MORuss and Pam Logan 2021-07-02 22:23
Such a loss for our town. Velma was such a wonderful friend. She will be missed by so many. Had such fun with her over the years. Prayers for you all. ❤️✝️❤️
#6 Belton, MOJeanie Harrison 2021-07-02 18:57
I am saddened to hear of Velma's passing. She was a truly amazing person and held her family deeply in her heart. My deepest sympathies to each one of you and my prayers for peace and comfort now and the coming days. Even though I won't be able to attend please know I am thinking about you all. Rest in peace Ms. Velma.
#5 LamarDavid Turner 2021-07-02 17:44
She was a special lady. I shall miss her smile at church. I shall miss her at auctions when she was looking for tooth pick holders. My sympathies to her children and her sisters.
#4 LamarJeff Moyer 2021-07-02 03:02
Brenda and family, Sorry to hear of Velma’s passing. Such a sweet lady and I know she loved her family. Out of state so won’t be able to attend services. Jeff Moyer

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