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Velda Mae (Gillispie) Staley-Higgins

December 11, 2021

Velda Mae (Gillispie) Staley-Higgins died on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Kansas Christian Home, Newton, Kansas.


Velda was born on May 17, 1928 to Delbert and Fairy Gillispie in LaGrange, Wyoming. Velda married Galen Staley on April 26, 1947 in Auburn, Nebraska. They had 3 sons, Dennis, Rodney and Kevin. Galen passed away on May 28, 1995. Velda married Berle Higgins on February 12, 2002 in Newton, Kansas. He passed away on July 26, 2019.


Velda was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Fairy Gillispie, her first husband Galen, her second husband Berle, her brothers, Harvey, William, James, Cecil Ray Gillispie and a sister, Barbara Higgins; and a son Dennis Staley.


She is survived by her sons Rodney and Nancy Staley, Mesa, Arizona, Kevin and Angie Staley, Newton, her step children, Paula and Les Schulz, Lincoln, Nebraska, Rick and Cheryl Higgins, Pierce, Nebraska, Todd and Christine Higgins, Omaha, Nebraska, Lori and Clark Smith of Columbus, Nebraska, Scott and Marla Higgins, Lincoln, Nebraska and Kirk and Kathy Higgins, Bennington, Nebraska; 4 grandchildren, 5 great- grandchildren, 12 step grandchildren, 16 step great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Audrey Stucky and many nieces and nephews.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 17, 2021 at Petersen Funeral Home with The Reverend Dr. Gary Blaine presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Wildmead Cemetery in Nickerson, Kansas.


Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice and left with Petersen Funeral Home.


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2 thoughts on “Velda Mae (Gillispie) Staley-Higgins

  1. I have fond memories of your Mother from when she worked at Katherines. I have thought about her over the years and wondered how she was doing. I’m very sad to read that she has passed away. My deepest sympathy!

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