Velma A. Carnahan

Velma A. Carnahan, 91, of Woodridge Estates in Parsons, formerly of Altamont, passed away at 11:17 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at Elmhaven East nursing home in Parsons.

She was born Jan. 15, 1929, in rural Altamont to Billy “Bert” and Mabel Edith (Madron) Solomon. As a young girl, she grew up and attended school in Altamont and was a 1947 graduate of Labette County Community High School.

Following high school, she worked at Hallmark Cards in Parsons. On Sept. 5, 1948, she and Glen Dale Carnahan were married at First Baptist Church in Altamont. Through the years, Velma provided a loving home for their five children and their friends and assisted her husband in their dairy and farming operations. 

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Altamont, where she had served as church and Sunday school pianist and was a member of the White Cross ladies group. Her family was her passion. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and adoring grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and attending their activities. She enjoyed hosting family get-togethers, gardening, cooking, baking, canning, quilting, playing the piano, working word-search and jigsaw puzzles, playing cards and attending country music shows in Branson, Missouri.

Survivors include four sons, Gary Carnahan (Peggy), Steve Carnahan (Val), all of Altamont, Mike Carnahan (Niki) of Parsons and Randy Carnahan (Jennifer) of Coffeyville; a daughter, Judy Sprague (Larry) of rural Parsons; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and extended family at Woodridge Estates.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Carnahan, on May 17, 2011.

The family will have a private graveside service at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Altamont. Friends may call to sign the register for Mrs. Carnahan from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons.

Memorials are suggested to Elm Christian Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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