Velma M. Miller, 80, of Eau Claire passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Rochester, MN.

Velma was born on November 3, 1936 to Clarence and Bertha (Manier) Anderson.  She worked at the Chippewa Valley Technical College for many years as a cashier. At the end of each telephone call she would say to her loved ones, “I love you and God bless.”  Velma always put others above herself and would do anything for her family members. 

Velma is survived by her children, Ricci Acker of Eau Claire and Shelly Acker of Chippewa Falls; grandchildren, Lisa Lane of Augusta, WI and Kessa Washburn of Eau Claire; three great-grandchildren; siblings, Nora Shoemaker of Eau Claire, Beverly Miller of Eau Claire, Dorothy Fredrickson of Chippewa Falls, and Johnny (Mary) Anderson of Stanley, WI; and nieces and nephews.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents.

Private family services will be held at a later date. 


  1. My husband and I taught at CVTC for many years. We, as well as everyone else, were very fond of Velma. She was always kind, extremely competent, and interested in our families. She was a classy person, and the world could use a lot more people like her. Our deepest sympathy on your (and our) loss.

  2. My sincere sympathies go out to all who were Velma’s family and friends. In the years I worked at CVTC, she always had a smile on her face and was so helpful. God bless you all in your loss of a very lovely lady.

  3. My sympathy goes out to Velma’s loved ones.
    I worked with Velma at CVTC. Velma was a wonderful person – hard worker,had a kind heart, was fun to be around, and a true friend. She will indeed be missed.

  4. I worked with Velma for many years at CVTC and went through her cafeteria line countless times. She was always upbeat and pleasant. She made it a point to know the names of staff and students. You couldn’t help but like this wonderful lady. My prayers and thoughts go out to her family.

  5. What a lovely, caring and special woman! I always looked forward to seeing her. She made all of us feel special. She took great pride in doing her job well and she spiked us with her kindness. One of my favororite people. A real blessing! Happy memories to the family. I’m certain she gave you many.

  6. I work at CVTC and got my lunch nearly every day from Velma. She had such a way of making everyone she talked to feel special. I was sad when I heard she retired and now am even sadder to know she is passed. She was a very special lady!

  7. Velma was one of a kind. She made everyone feel “at home” at CVTC by remembering everyone by their name. She had an amazing gift, and was an amazing gift. So sorry for your loss.

  8. Shelly, Velma was always a very good friend of mine and I’ll miss her very much. We had many good years working together at CVTC. I talked to her before I was going to the hospital and she had a prayer for me. God Bless You. –Dorothy

  9. I worked at CVTC when Velma worked in the cafeteria at CVTC! Velma always had a smile and a big “hello” for everyone! Velma was one of the sweetest people at CVTC! I always looked forward to seeing her and visiting with her! Velma was a hard worker and was so good with people!

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family! Velma will be missed!

  10. Velma was a dear human being, working in a service job that was not the most glamourous. She had a smile on her face everyday —even when there were some days not worhty of smiling. She never said to her long time customers, “I Love you and God bless” – but her generous heart spoke that daily. Her Love lives on —

  11. I worked at CVTC for eight years, it was always a joy to go down to lunch, Velma always had a kind word and would put a smile on your face. My thought and prayers are with Velma’s family.

  12. I was fortunate to have many opportunities to talk with Velma while she was at CVTC. She was always a positive and inspirational person, offering guidance and direction to those in need. I must say that this is the second time that my heart aches over the loss of Velma. When she left CVTC, I felt a terrible loss. Her smile was no longer in front of me as she teased me about having another cup of coffee. Now, once again, I am reminded of how short life is. Velma always had so much energy, which made her an “eternal” in my life. May peace remain with her spirit as you recall many smiles that she shared with your family. My thoughts are with you.

  13. Thinking of you at this time. Velma and I were good friends from Pleasant Valley grade school.
    May God give you strength and joy as you share all the fond memories.

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