Velma Faye Nicholas

Velma Faye Nicholas, 88, of Laramie passed away at Laramie Care Center on Sunday, March 3, 2019.


Velma was born on May 2, 1930 in Beardsley, Kansas to Everest & Lois (Morton) Hamill.  She lived & attended school in Atwood, Kansas.  Velma married Wayne Kuhn on May 18, 1947, in Atwood.  They lived briefly in Loveland, Colorado before moving to Laramie in 1952 where they raised their 3 children, Johnny, Everist, & Barbara.  Wayne passed away in February, 1974.  Velma remarried W. L. Nicholas in April, 1975 & they made their home in Rock Springs & Superior, Wyoming, moving back to Laramie in 1990.  W. L. passed away in May, 1993.


Velma held various jobs through the years in Laramie including working at Laundryland, the Village Inn, & Walmart until her retirement in August, 2009.  Her jobs were always customer service related as she had a natural interest & friendship with people & wanting to help others.


She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Moose, Eagles, & the Rebeccas. She loved to do craftwork & crocheting & many members of her family enjoyed receiving her beautiful afghans, Christmas ornaments, etc.


Velma was so proud of her family & was always there for every important celebration she could attend.  She especially enjoyed her grandchildren & great grandchildren & they always knew that time with “Grandma Nick” meant some fun, special memories, & lots of love.


Velma is survived by her children, Johnny (Debbie) Kuhn, Everist Kuhn, & Barbara (Michael) Shingleton all in Laramie; 7 grandchildren, Codi Rieb, Jeremy Kuhn, Randy Kuhn, Michael Kuhn, Tammy Byrd, Zac Byrd, & KC Shingleton; & 15 great grandchildren.


Services will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home with Pastor David Grace officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Velma’s name to the Ark Memorial Foundation, 1130 No. 3rd, Laramie, 82072 or to the charity of your choice.

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Condolences (3)

  • John Nicholas

    My father loved Velma very much. I send my deepest condolences to all. I wish I could be there. I was so blessed to see her last summer. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all...

  • Verda & Scott

    So very sad to hear of Velma's passing. Yet, her suffering here has ended and she is sure to be showing other angels her many talents, and incredible caring heart. The beautiful Christmas stockings she made for me and my daughter will always be treasured along with the wonderful memories of the strong, kind, caring, joyous, & amazing woman she was. Our sympathies go out to her children and families.

  • Kimberly Archer-Malone

    My heart goes out to you in the loss of such a special and amazing woman. There is yet another hole in Laramie where she left her mark on so many hearts. As much as she leaves a hole for so many I'm sure she received quite the welcoming when she reunited with everyone in heaven. May her memories carry you all through time and you find ways to carry forth her legacy. Much love always!


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