Velma Pelletier

Velma Pelletier

Friday, May 9th, 1958 - Friday, May 1st, 2020
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The family of Velma Pelletier sadly announce her passing on Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. She was 61 years of age.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Sunday, May 3 from 3:00 - 5:00pm and 7:00 - 9:00pm from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Yorkton. Current public health guidelines and physical distancing practices will be followed.
A Family Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 4 at 10:00am. Relatives and friends can view a Live-Stream of the Funeral (link will appear here soon).
The Interment and Memorial Feast will take place when pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Velma Lynn Pelletier was born on May 9, 1958, just 2 weeks after arriving to Canada from Germany, where her late father, Louie Wapemoose, was stationed in the army. Her birthplace was Victoria, B.C.
Velma was the second daughter to Stella (St. Pierre) and Louie (Wapemoose). Velma's siblings include: Lorne Wapemoose (Deceased), Vicky Wapemoose, Stella Wapemoose (Deceased), Vivian Wapemoose (Deceased), Vern Wapemoose, Cecile Bigsky and Emery Bigsky (Deceased).
Velma lived in Victoria, B.C, until the age of 5 years old and then moved to Yorkton around 1963. While in Yorkton, she attended school at St.Alphonsus, St.Mary's and St.Joseph.
Velma met and fell in love with her first husband, Kenneth Bigsky, in the early 1970's and married him in 1976. They were together for 13 years and lived together in many different places such as Yorkton, Muskowekwan First Nation, Moose Jaw, Regina and Calgary. Although the marriage did not work out, together they shared 4 children Sirinna (Julian), Kenneth Jr. (Kimberely), Shaynne, and Jolynn (Shawn).
Eventually she met and began a common law relationship with estranged husband, Joseph Pelletier, around 1987 and formally married in 2006. Throughout the years they spent together she shared his passion for country living and raising horses. Though they were apart in her final years they both still cared for each other. They spent 33 lovely years together.
Velma was diagnosed with brain aneurisms and were later removed as she went through a successful brain surgery in Toronto, 2005. In 2007 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy in 2008, followed by remission. Her greatest and last battle began in March of 2019 as she was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer.
Velma was blessed with 8 beautiful grandchildren: Shayna, Brooklynn, Kenneth Jr. III, Isabelle, Dylan, Aralynn, Reagan and Kennan.
As for Education, Velma became certified as a professional cook in 1996.
Throughout Velma's life she has always been a hard and passionate worker, some of the places she's been employed at are: Muskowekwan Band Office as a receptionist and fine option worker, Yorkton Friendship Centre as a cook for the Food For Friends Program and fine option worker, Justice of the Peace for Yorkton RCMP, Serivce Canada as a receptionist, Correctional Service of Canada as a community service driver and then finally Painted Hand Casino for guest services.
As we all know she greatly enjoyed Bingo with family and friends. It was common to see her darting out the door with her cute little bingo bag hanging by her side around 6 pm.
Velma also adored spending time with her loved ones and playing cards. She enjoyed playing Rummoli, Crib, Barouche, Poker and anything to do with gambling. She was a very competitive person when it came to her favourite games.
One of Velma's greatest talents was cooking and baking. It didn't matter what time of day she always had something freshly baked or cooked and she would graciously share and even if there wasn't anything to eat she was willing to cook for someone. She was well known for her cheesecake, bannock and her turkey dinners.
Velma loved to dance the night away and you could see her on the dance floor dancing to any Elvis Presley song. Even when the moon was down and the sun was up you could see her sharing her best moves with her Grandchildren.
This past December Velma's greatest wish was granted. She went on a vacation with her 4 children to Memphis, Tennessee, to visit Graceland. It was a trip and a half as they drove for four days in a van but many cherished memories were made during that trip.
Velma fought brave and hard for the last 13 and a half months, her stubbornness was a great strength that helped push herself forward through the impossible. However on May 1, Velma earned her angel wings and started a new journey free of pain and cancer.
Velma Lynn Pelletier was loved by many and she is most beloved by her children, grandchildren, friends and more. She was truly one of a kind with a laugh that could make anyone smile and laugh even on the most saddest of days, which is why today we should remember all that she was and all that she is.
Velma leaves us today with these last words of wisdom and peace: "Be kind to each other, life is too short. Get to living before it's too late! LOVE YOU ALL!"
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton
    45 5th Ave. N.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Current public health guidelines and physical distancing during Visitation hours will be followed.
  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Bailey's Funeral Home, Yorkton
    45 5th Ave. N.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Current public health guidelines and physical distancing during Visitation hours will be followed.
  • Service

    Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre
    Highway #10 East
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    Fr. Louis Kim Nguyen
  • Interment

    Yorkton City Cemetery
    King St. East
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Lounna Pelletier and With Love, Bruce, Ida, Kids & Family sent flowers to the family of Velma Pelletier.
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Crystal Seaton

Posted at 09:14pm
I love you Aunty Velma, thank you for the love and kindess. Rest In Peace.

Gloria Rathgeber

Posted at 05:49pm
My deepest sympathy to Velma's family.
I got to know Velma when she was a Justice of the Peace. She was a very friendly person with a great smile and a hearty laugh.

Bonnie Bulych

Posted at 11:09am
So sorry for your loss of this beautiful lady. I will always remember Velma for all the fun we had playing cards at Stella and Evans house. She always made sure we all had a great time with her

Lynn & Dave Wrishko

Posted at 08:05pm
Deepest sympathy to all the family! Such a nice lady! She will be missed!

Lounna Pelletier

Posted at 10:36am
The sun never sets in Graceland. From Lounna and Mark.
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