Velma Jo Gowens, 88, passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 in Graham. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in Salem Crestview United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Pioneer Cemetery under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home.
Velma was born January 16, 1929 in Young County to the late John Willis and Maudie Velma (Shahan) Ford. She married Truman Gowens in 1946 and she was a LVN at Graham Medical Associates.
Survivors include: husband, Truman Gowens of Graham; daughter, JoAnn Oler and husband, Ralph of Baytown; son, Kenneth Gowens and wife, Pam of Irving; daughter-in-law, Helen Robinson and husband, Brent; sisters, Anita Wizov and husband, Sandy of New Jersey and Barbara Eason and husband, Don of Graham; 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by son, Charles Gowens, daughter, Patricia Ward, granddaughter, Amy Gowens, brothers, Johnny, Robert, Jerry, Joe, and Hugh Ford and sisters, Lorna Mae Hunter and Leta Ford Psencik.