Velma Maysle McGaugh
Velma Maysle McGaugh
April 24, 1914, to Sept. 19, 2013
Velma Maysle McGaugh was born on a farm-ranch southeast of Amy, Kan., on April 24, 1914, to Robert E. and Olive (Carter) McGaugh. Velma succumbed to cancer on Sept. 19, 2013, at her treasured home. Velma was preceded in death by her six brothers and her sister. Velma did not have children of her own, but enjoyed all the love and attention of family from eight nieces and nephews, 14 grand nieces and nephews, and 11 great-grand nieces and nephews. No one in her family has ever known a world without "Aunt Velma."
She attended the country school Prairie Home for her first eight grades. In 1928 the family moved to a small farm four miles east of Garden City, Kan., where Velma graduated from Garden City High School in 1932. Due to the Depression and Dust Bowl Days, she was unable to attend a four year college, thus she took jobs such as baby-sitting, house cleaning and clerical work to pay for her attendance to Garden City Junior College. Upon graduation from junior college she obtained a PEO loan, which allowed her to attend Kansas State University, earning a B.S. in Home Economics in 1940. Her first job was a teaching position in Mayetta, Kan., until 1943. At that point her friends enticed her to apply for a Home Economics County Extension position. They told her she would be working with people who "wanted to learn beyond the classroom."
She started work in Ottawa County, then Pratt County, and eventually was moved into the State 4-H Club Department as head of the young adult program. In 1955 Velma left her position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and joined the U.S. State Department for a two-year assignment in West Pakistan as a Home Economics Advisor with the International Cooperation Administration. She returned to the USDA in Kansas in a home economics position in Douglas County then progressed to District Home Economics Supervisor and later became the Head of the State Home Economics in Wyoming before retiring and moving to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1974. During her 34 years of service, Velma was able to take sabbaticals for courses at the universities of Colorado, Wisconsin, Hawaii, and finally finishing a Masters Degree in Extension Education with a minor in child development at the Cornell University at Ithaca, N.Y.
Velma loved to travel having been around the world twice, with other excursions to Finland, Canada, Eastern Europe, and a freighter trip to the Mediterranean with her brother Escrige. For many years she spent her Christmas holidays traveling to various Christmas resort areas such as Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Hawaii.
As expected, Velma was a member of many local, state and national organizations including the PEO, the American Association of University Women, and also memberships in state, national and international Home Economics Organizations. She was an advisor to Phi Upsilon Omicron, National Association of Extension Home Economists, 4-H Clovia Scholarship House, El Paso Sigma Phi and National Clovis Who's Who. She was a member of the Broadmoor Community Church and served with the Women's Fellowship.
All of her family and many friends cherished her and will deeply miss this Exceptional Lady.
Memorial services for Velma will be held Oct. 5, 2013, 10 a.m. at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Graveside service, Oct. 7, 2013, 11 a.m. at Valley View Cemetery, 2901 N. Third St., Garden City, Kan.
Memorial donation may be made in recognition of Velma McGaugh to: Kansas 4-H Foundation-Clovia, 116 Umberger Hall, KSU, Manhattan, KS 66506.