Velma Lorene Crisp Gentry Hughes (Born April 19, 1922 in Balsam North Carolina) passed away peacefully on March 19, 2019 at the age of 96, at the Exeter Center Nursing Home with family by her side. She worked for G.E Electric Factory and a few department stores. She loved her family. She always looked forward to a visit from family and friends. When you went to visit, rest assured she'd been looking forward to the visit and had been cooking in the kitchen making some of her famous southern specials (sausage biscuits and gravy, fried potatoes, green beans (from her garden), smothered cube steak and vanilla wafers banana pudding just to name a few.) She always played cards or kids version of bingo. She wanted to teach us all how to play, so when we got older we could join in...Never too young to learn! Velma loved working in her garden at her home at Gosling Meadows in Portsmouth and canning the vegetables that she so lovingly grew. Velma would host Thanksgiving at her tiny 2br place with all of her children and grandchildren, making all the fixings while the grandchildren played outside. When the family grew bigger she passed on the tradition to her daughter, Linda. You could always count on Velma having either Dr. Pepper or 7up on hand, she would never be empty for sure! If you knew Velma, you knew that if you called to talk to her and she didn’t answer (many of her own kids and grandkids would tell you) she must be at bingo again! As she loved the game of bingo...but more so the idea of winning money, lol. She enjoyed going to bingo with her friends, especially her friend Natalie. Velma took many annual trips to Foxwoods with her fanny pack in front, excited to go and try to win big with her daughters Jackie and Linda. Velma, even through the years away from her home town of Balsam North Carolina, kept her southern roots. Her flare, "sassiness", southern cooking, and accent never left. She loved and spoke often of all her family and friends who still lived in or moved down south. Velma was a home body and loved sitting in her living room watching everything that was going on in her neighborhood. She didn't miss a thing! Even the new and young generation of people there respected and looked out for Velma and even called her "Gram Hughes" including the workers at gosling meadows. Portsmouth was her home.
Velma is survived by her Brothers Thomas Vincent Crisp and Vaughan Crisp, both of Balsam North Carolina. All of her grandchildren: Donna Van Horn, Debra Baxter, Kim Gentry, Kevin Gentry, Eileen Gentry, Gene Gentry, Dianne Gentry, Micheal Parker, Michelle Bailey, Mitchell Parker, Kyle Gentry and Tracy Brown. Many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. As well as son in-laws Stephen Doyle, Lou Parker and Daugther In-Law's Jackie Gentry, Marlene Gentry, Maureen Lawlor, and Gail Gentry.
Velma is predeceased by her parents Lonnie & Lucy Crisp, all of her children: Cleo Gentry, Earl Gentry, Curtis Gentry, Linda Swasey, Jackie Doyle, and Kathy Gentry. Son in-law Dick "Richard" Swasey. Siblings Frank Crisp, Woodroe Crisp, Valerie "Bernice" Crisp, Vernalee Crisp, Verlon Crisp, Vernon Crisp, Viola Betty Crisp, and V.C. Crisp and long time partner Lloyd Tracer.
Our entire family we would like to thank everyone at the Exeter Center nursing home for all of their compassion, dedication and hard work in caring for our Gram. Your work didn't go unnoticed. A special thank you to Abby LNA, Adam Rn, Janet Rn Director, and Laurie CLSW. A special thank you as well, to the hospice team power house! You guys were amazing in helping us through this transition, thank you from the bottom of our hearts ( Karla Rn, Rachel Lna, melissa CLSW, and Shellie chaplain ) from compassionate care and hospice.
In lieu of flowers, we as a family ask you make a donation to:
Exeter Center Nursing Home, in Exeter NH or to Compassionate Care and Hospice, Or to the National Alzheimer's and Dementia Research. Or, just do a simple act of kindness and pay it forward to someone you may or may not know!
Play a game of bingo in Velma's memory!
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