2008
Velma Gilchrist

   Velma Gilchrist passed away November 5 in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Born in 
Laurel County,, Kentucky in 1918, Velma was one of ten children, in a family 
that included three set of twins. She moved to Prineville, Oregon in 1940 and 
soon after married Howard Gilchrist, a general contractor who built many homes, 
churches and commercial buildings in Central Oregon.

   She spent her life as a homemaker and avid gardener, tending to her home in 
Prineville for more than 50 years before moving to Lake Oswego to live with her 
daughter after Howard's death in 1999.

   She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie, two sisters, Bicky Kerth of London, 
Kentucky and Louise Parman of Melbourne, Florida, a brother, Don House of Corbin, 
Kentucky and many nieces and nephews.

   At her request, no services will be held. The family asks that remembrances be 
made in Velma's honor to The Portland Memory Garden, a place of respite for those 
suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. After moving to Portland, Velma enjoyed 
spending time there tending the garden as a volunteer. Donations can be made out to 
the garden and sent to 9027 NW Bartholomew, Portland, OR 97229.