Valma Grace Gilliland

May 18, 1919 - October 28, 2018

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Tuesday, November 06, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Tuesday, November 06, 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Valma Grace Gilliland, 99, of Kendallville died Sunday, October 28, 2018, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.

She was born May 18, 1919, in Fort Wayne to A. Paul and Mary Elizabeth (Grandey) Gilliland.

Miss Gilliland, a lifetime area resident, had received her Master’s Degree from the University of Denver. She was a teacher from 1941 to 1982. She taught Latin and English at the Avilla High School for three years. During that time, she also taught Math following the death of a fellow teacher. She then taught English at Kendallville High School, and was the Librarian at East Noble High School in Kendallville until her retirement.

After retirement, Valma taught Sunday School for 25 years, led a Bible study for 20 years, and for 15 years had written a monthly eight line verse which was sent to approximately 50 church members for encouragement.

Valma was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Kendallville for over 75 years, Delta Kappa Gamma for 40+ years, and the Indiana Retired Teachers Association.

Surviving are a niece, Paula Rutherford of Muncie; three nephews, Craig Gilliland and his wife, Lori of The Sea Ranch, California, Doug and his wife, Jill Gilliland of Archbold, Ohio, and David Gilliland and his partner, Roni Eley of Duluth, Georgia; two great-nieces, Holly Rutherford and Carmen Gilliland; a great-nephew, Nicolas Gilliland; and two great-great-nieces, Briley Grace Rutherford and Carly Rutherford.

She was preceded in death by her father on October 16, 1990; her mother on March 4, 1995; and a brother, A. Rex Gilliland in February, 1984.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Rev. Steven Bahrt of Faith United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Calling is Tuesday, November 6, 2018, from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Faith United Methodist Church Preschool or the Kendallville Public Library.

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Larry E. baker
November 6th, 2018 1:09pm
Garrett, IN

Doug, Sorry to hear about your Aunts passing. Larry Baker and Rock-N-Country.

Marilyn Thomas Hillis
November 5th, 2018 11:14pm
Las Cruces, NM

Valma will be missed and she was loved by many and she was very special in every way. I talked to her often and I will deeply miss her and here is something I wrote that I would Like to share: YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS Our Precious Valma, God is looking over you and so are we. For Valma, you are flying with the angels and will not be alone. You will be led by God’s hand through life for eternity; laughing, smiling, chasing rainbows and running through green pastures and led by the blue waters. You may pray, sing, read and reflect in the lush green grass and gaze at the floating clouds above the trees. When you need to talk and listen God and your angels are always at your side. We are always listening, and you are in our thoughts and prayers forever. We will always be with you because we know you are with GOD and your light will always shine. We Love You. You are so special to Austin, Marilyn and all your loved ones and we will never forget you. Love you Marilyn and Austin

Nancy Cazier Meyer
November 5th, 2018 9:43pm
Estero, Florida

I remember Miss Gilliland well. I remember her from KHS. She taught literature and helped me understand and enjoy Julius Caesar and Tale of Two Cities. She was patient and fair to everyone. I feel very fortunate to have had her as a teacher. Rest in peace.

Lenard & JoAnn Lewellen Poppy
November 4th, 2018 7:46pm
Speedwell, Tn

We have felt very special for the attention that Velma has given us since for the last 4 years we have received a wonderful poem from her each month. We even received one this month. All of them have been very inspirational. We even used one of her poems as part of a funeral for a friend here in Tennessee. In a popular gospel song it explained how the singer's father had made heaven "a little sweeter" since he arrived. Heaven is now very sweet since Velma arrived.

Connie glass
November 4th, 2018 6:08pm

She was a very special person. Had her for a teacher. Delivered her meals on wednesday and enjoyed talking with her. She will b missed.

Frances Gehring
November 3rd, 2018 10:24pm
Kendallville IN

Miss Gilliand was the yearbook sponsor when I was in high school. I worked on the staff mostly typing stencils when the articles were ready to publish. We were all assigned jobs that fit our talents and likes. She was the best! When we attended Faith church, I would always try to get over to greet her before the service. She still remembered me after 50 years. Go with God and rest in peace.

Sandy (Hoop) Simpson-Polaski
October 31st, 2018 4:03pm
Fort Wayne, IN

I remember Valma well at the library when I attended Kendallville High School. She was always so kind to me and I really appreciated that. May you rest in peace, Valma and condolences to your family.