Velma called a little hamlet on the plains home: Plevna, Kansas. They lived in a small and simple house. White clapboard for a small struggling family transitioning from a failing agricultural life to the new town-based world of the 20th century. Her father found new work as a janitor in the local school and the family enjoyed being able to be with Father during the school day. One cold winter days Velma, her older sister Elva and their younger brother George Valjean would slip down to the warm boiler room where their father would have hotdogs cooking for their lunch. At home, during the summers or in the evenings, the girls would put on 'plays' and Elva would entertain with her singing and everyone would laugh. The curtain separating the bedroom would the parlor was suddenly transformed by vivid imaginations and patient parental love to a grand stage. Velma once laughed on recounting this and wryly admitted her mother had the patience of a saint to sit through all through "theatricals."
Velma always loved roses of any kind: the gentle, drooping antique variety or the wild and touseled headed shrubs running wild in an untamed yard. She often said she was better at looking at them than growing them and some of her happiest moments were in such settings as bees hummed in the warm air and a gentle breeze caressed the soul.
Terry, V. Dora and Louis Priest. Valley of Flowers. Lamar, Mo: Grafix Press, 1995. Printing was done by Grafix Express of Lamar, Mo. Graphic work and layout was done by Velma's son, Louis Priest. 47 pg; softbound;staple.
"Author's note: The "Valley of Flowers" is certainly written to describe life. Flowers bloom along the way. One day they bloom bright and rich, the next day, they are wilted and no longer beautiful. Flowers are the story of life, they will bloom forever, always sending us a message to live by."
Two of the poems in this collection were penned by son Louis Priest, "A Rose from Long Ago" and "Bright New Day."
The title was reprinted in March of 1996 and then reprinted once more in September 1996.
In Her Own Words: The Inspirational verse of Velma Terry
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Velma D. Terry
'SUNSHINE AND SHADOWS"
1st collection (1983)
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Velma D. Terry - Prophet of Poetry
Driven by a simple, yet profound ,desire to see people find and serve a loving God, the words of this poet have blessed people in many ways. A mother, a wife, a worker, and someone who felt deeply and keenly the spiritual world swirling around her.
Plevna, Reno, Kansas
Velma attended school here.
Velma's Books & Writings
Velma fulfilled her dreams in the 1980's and 1990's as she published three collections of her poems of memory and faith. One was "Heart Talks", "Sunshine and Shadows", and "Valley of Flowers." She had worked on many new poems that were bound into a manuscript called, "Silver Linings", but died before they were published. Some of her poems were turned into songs with the assistance of her son, Lou Priest.