Velma M. Trentham, age 78, of Browning, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia following a car accident.


Velma M. Trentham, age 78, of Browning, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia following a car accident.


A funeral service will be Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield with Pastor Rex Leppin officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 5:00 until 7:00 in the evening at the funeral home. Burial will be Monday, November 20, 2017, at 12:00 noon, in the Missouri State Veteran’s Cemetery in Jacksonville.


Memorials to the Velma Trentham Memorial Scholarship (for a Meadville R-IV High School senior planning on pursuing a degree in education) may be left at or mailed to Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home, P.O. Box 496, Brookfield, MO 64628.


Velma M., daughter of Adam and Inez (Conrad) Seabaugh, was born June 25, 1939, in Patton, Missouri. On June 29, 1958, she married her high school sweetheart, Ernest Eugene Trentham. In 1969, they adopted their children, Lisa and Lonnie.


Velma was a retired administrator from the Meadville R-4 school district. She had a passion for learning, teaching and mentoring people of all ages. She was a 1957 graduate of Patton High School where she was Valedictorian of her class. After high school, she worked as a clerk typist. She then worked at a garment factory, Angelica Uniforms in Marquand. Velma continued her education by receiving an Associates Degree from Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida, and a Bachelors of Science in Education Degree from Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, becoming a certified kindergarten teacher and a 7-12 English teacher. In 1980, Velma received her Masters of Arts Degree, and later obtained an Elementary and Secondary Principal Certification from Northeast Missouri State (Truman) in Kirksville where she also made the Dean’s List.


In 1976, she began her teaching career in Fredericktown R-1 School as a math teacher. In 1977, Velma, Gene, and their two children moved to Browning, where she taught 4th grade for one year at Linn County R-1 School before accepting a K-12 Art teacher/part time Elementary and Secondary principal position at Meadville R-IV School. In the fall of 1984, she accepted a position as a full time elementary and secondary principal. In 1999, as school enrollment increased, the district returned to a two principal system; Velma chose to accept the elementary principal position, which she held until her retirement in 2009. While at Meadville, Velma taught math, art, English, and 4th grade, coached cheerleading and scholar bowl, she was Director of Parents As Teachers, and organized: Smokebusters, Future Teachers Association, Cadet Teachers, and Peer Helpers. She retired after 33 years of service in education and continued as director of Parents as Teachers until 2013.


Velma was very active in her community where she was on the Linn County Health Department Board, Senate Bill-40 Board, member and past president of the Retired Teachers Association of Linn County, as well as instructing a weekly Bible study at McLarney Manor in Brookfield. In the past, Velma and Gene were also host to foster children in their home; she had a huge heart for everyone that knew her.


Velma was a hard worker who enjoyed fishing with her children and grandchildren, visiting and talking with her family and friends, traveling, watching and choring with Kynlee, attending her grandchildren’s sporting and school events and displaying her green thumb with Gene growing a highly productive garden and beautiful flowers throughout the house and yard. Most importantly, Velma had a close and personal relationship with God, which she shared with everyone.


Velma is survived by her husband, Ernest of Browning; daughter, Lisa (Kenny) Ewigman of Marceline; son, Lonnie (Marla) Trentham of Brookfield; sister, Gladys Hale of Brookfield; and brother, Everett (Mary) Seabaugh of Patton. She was a beloved grandmother to Austin (Teresa) Trentham of Overland Park, Kansas, Abby Trentham of Leavenworth, Kansas, Jason Ewigman of Chicago, Illinois, Jordan (Ethan) Beck of Marceline, Amanda (John) Kendall of Leavenworth, Kansas, Lauren Ewigman of Marceline, and Karissa and Torie Trentham of Brookfield; as well as great-grandchildren: Marlee, Adysun, Axl, Kynlee, and future baby Beck.


She was preceded in death by her parents; brother in-law, Jim; sister in-law, Fay; aunt, Tommy; and brother, Raymond.