Velma Imogene Van Dolah was born on September 21, 1927 in Cabool, Missouri to Arthur Richard and Mildred F. (Madden) Kimberlin. When Imogene was very young, the family moved to Danville, Kansas. This is where her and her sister attended grade school until Imogene graduated from the 8th grade. The family then moved to Harper, Kansas and she attended Harper High School, graduating with the class of 1945.
On November 27, 1949, Imogene was united in marriage with William “Bill” Robert Van Dolah at the Harper Christian Church. They were blessed with 2 children, Leslie and John and the family made their home in Harper. Imogene retired after a number of years as the librarian for the Harper Library. Later in life, the couple moved to Cheney Golden Age Home. Bill passed away on March 28, 2017. Imogene remained a part of the nursing home family where she referred to those that took care of her as her angels.
Faith being very important in life, Imogene was an active member of the Harper Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school as well as leading bible studies and ladies’ groups. Imogene was a devoted wife and loved her family very much. Her kids and grandkids were very special to her. She was definitely a people person, making her a great librarian, Christian, mother, grandmother, and friend. A favorite past time of hers was playing bridge and it meant she got to spend more time with her friends.
Imogene passed away at the nursing home on February 25, 2019 at the age of 91. Preceding her in death were her parents, Arthur and Richard; her husband, Bill; and her sister, Lois Farrish. She will be missed by her daughter, Leslie Leroux and her husband, Randy of Cheney; son, John Van Dolah of Largo, Florida; 7 grandchildren; her nursing home family; other relatives and friends.
Graveside service was 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 28, 2019 at the Harper Cemetery with Pastor Doug Hasty officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cheney Golden Age Home and can be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Home, 613 W 14th ~ Harper, Kansas 67058 was in charge of the arrangements. www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com