Velma Lee Williamson passed away quietly at home at the age of 89 while surrounded by her loving family.
Velma was born January 8, 1934 to Josephine Elizabeth Brown and Wesley Thompkins in Columbus, GA. As a child, her family moved to Aniston, AL and then to Laurel, MD.
Velma married Howard W. Grimes in January 1952. They raised 2 sons, Howard born in 1952 and John Alan born in 1956. In 1957, she started working for IBM at their New York Ave location in Washington, DC.
In 1962, her husband Howard died suddenly following an auto accident, leaving her a young single mother to raise two young boys.
In 1963, she met James (Jimmy) Williamson while working at IBM and married on July 1, 1977.
In 1987, Velma retired from IBM. She and Jimmy traveled the country by flying in his private airplane to numerous destinations across the country including the West Coast, Yellowstone NP, the Grand Canyon NP, Jackson Hole, WY and Gatlinburg, TN. They also toured Alaska by car and cruise ship.
In her quite times, she enjoyed sewing quilts, gardening and caring for their dogs and cats.
She is predeceased by her first and second husbands, her mother and father and her brother, William M Stater. She is survived by her 3 sons, Howard (Kathy) Grimes, Alan (Joy) Grimes and Danny (Renee) Williamson, 9 grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren (soon to be 15).
Viewing will be held at the Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A., in Laurel, MD, with services being held at Resurrection of Our Lord Church also in Laurel, MD followed by interment at Ivy Hill Cemetery
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