Velma Lorraine Gillis, 1932–2021

Velma Lorraine Gillis

Velma Lorraine Gillis passed away peacefully on Dec. 18, 2021, in Lemon Cove, Calif., surrounded by family and friends. She was born on Sept. 22, 1932 in Reedley, Calif., to Albert and Adah Stone. She attended Reedley High School and married William Bill Gillis on Sept. 16, 1956 in Reno, Nev. Velma was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, homemaker, and avid fisherman who enjoyed the outdoors. 

Besides her parents and siblings she was preceded in death by her husband Bill; sons, Don and Ron Gillis; and granddaughter, Alicia Santana. 

Velma is survived by her daughter Carol and her husband Richard Santana of Lemon Cove, Calif.; her grandchildren, Misty and husband Ryan Wallace in Woodlake, Calif., Ryan and his wife Amy Gillis of Exeter, Calif., Lori and husband Thomas Dixon of Visalia, Calif., Melissa Santana and partner Jose Guzman of Exeter, and Rena VanMeter of Oregon; great-grandchildren, Chase, Connor, and Cayden Wallace, Dominix Gillis, Skylar Dixon, Brody Guzman, and Ellise Kravetz; and numerous loving nieces and nephews. 

Graveside Services will be at 10 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2021 at the Woodlake Public Cemetery. 

Condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements entrusted to Evans Miller Guinn Chapel. 

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