Mass of Christian Burial for Velma E. Mignot, 97, of Lawrence, Kansas will be 10 a.m., Thursday, July 7, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.
Velma was born December 17, 1913 in Walnut, Kansas the daughter of Sylvester and Jennie (Osburn) Van Ness.
She formerly taught school for 13 years in Kansas, worked at the Douglas County Court House and for Memorial Park Cemetery. She worked as a secretary at Woodlawn School.
Velma was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and St. John’s Alter Society.
She was married to Otto “Nip” Mignot on October 2, 1943 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He preceded her in death in 1995.
Velma was also preceded in death by two sons, Larry C. Mignot in 1996 and Roger W. Mignot in 2000.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Miryam Mignot Wimhurst of Shawnee, Kansas. She is also survived by 3 nieces, Barbara Bassett of Girard, Kansas, Diane Hendry and Cheryl Mitchell, both of Lawrence; 2 step-grandchildren, Jessica Peters and husband Evan of Lenexa, Kansas, and Joshua Bentley, New Orleans, Louisiana; and 3 step-great grandchildren, Ava, Elena and Clara Peters, all of Lenexa. She was preceded in death by her best friend, Dixie Vitt of Lawrence.
A Rosary Prayer service will be held 7 p.m., Wednesday, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. The family suggests memorial contributions to St. John the Evangelist Catholic church or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Contributions may be sent in care of the mortuary.
What a great woman Velma Mignot was! She coped with tragedies in her life and never lost hope and never lost faith. Her husband “Nip” (Otto) was the first funeral I had when I came to St. John’s as pastor in 1995.I have vivid memories of the subsequent deaths and funerals of her two sons,Larry and Roger. My sympathies to Miryam, the faithful daughter-in-law,who was so good to Velma. May Velma rest in peace now. She will be in prayers these next days,as will be Miryam.
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