Sept. 4, 1937 - Oct. 17, 2011
Velma was the third child of John and Ruth Hubbard. She was born in Los Angeles on Sept. 4, 1937. She has two older sisters, Beverly Kujis of Walla Walla and Shirley Musick of Walla Walla. She has one younger brother, Clyde Hubbard of Newark, Calif. She graduated from Castlemont High School in Oakland, Calif., in June 1956. She married Richard Verburg on May 30, 1956. They had two children, Colleen Heise of Phoenix, Ariz., and Richard Verburg Jr. of Lake Oswego, Ore. She moved to Walla Walla in 1978 with George Riley and her son Rick. George and Velma were married May 17, 1980 in Reno, Nev. She gained four stepdaughters when they got married, Georgian Wellonen, Shelly Vice, Colleen Canales and Jennifer Thornberry. Between George and Velma they have 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Walla Walla Figure Skating Club, Walla Walla Valley Quilting Guild and Zonta Club of Walla Walla.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, George Riley.
Memorial services will be held Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. at the New Beginnings Chapel, 822 W. Main St., Walla Walla.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or Zonta Club of Walla Walla