Fond memories of Velma Martha Powell Ferrell


Dear Editor,

My family was in Grantsville this past weekend,Saturday December 2nd, for the funeral of our beloved Mother and Grandmother, Velma Martha (Powell) Ferrell.

She was 96 years old when she passed away last Tuesday, November 29th at Doylestown Healthcare, with her daughter Debbie Slimak, and her Granddaughter Martha Ferrell-Brabson by her side.

She was born in the Powell family home, around the Millstone area, on June 3,1909. She was the fourth child of what would become 12 children, born to Jessie and Pearl Powell.

She was the last of her 12 brothers and sisters to survive. The circle is now complete, for all of the Powell children are happily together once again.

She married Rome Ferrell in June 1928. They made their home in Grantsville, where they raised their children Berneal Williams, Barbara Morrell (deceased May 1964), Patricia Kellar(deceased in Jan 2005), Rome Ferrell Jr. who passed away at four months of age when a severe case of Scarlet Fever swept through Grantsville.

Jessie Ferrell and Deborah Slimak. 17 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren survive and were blessed to have called her their Grandma.

She moved to Ohio after Rome retired from Cabot around 1962 to be closer to their children, who like many others at that time went to seek work.

Grandma settled in Ohio but always had very fond memories of home (Grantsville )and the people there. She would tell us stories about hard times they endured, especially during the Depression years.

But she also had many happy memories of times at square dances she would attend with my grandfather. They brought home a prize trophy or two for their dancing. She was an excellent cook. Her meals were enjoyed by many family and friends.

Her door was never closed nor was her table ever full. She always made room for one more to join in, so at any given time you could find as many as 20 or more gathered in her kitchen waiting to eat another one of her delicious country meals.

Her true passion, other then her family, was flowers. We have been told stories of when she lived in Grantsville, how people would come just to see her beautiful flowers. Her love of flowers continued in Ohio as well. There was never a flower she couldn't name. She still had the most beautiful flower gardens up until the age 93 when her health began to decline.

Our family would like to give heartfelt thanks to the wonderful people of Grantsville for remembering our dear loved one.

Many others came from all around the state of West Virginia, Northeast Ohio, and Georgia to pay their respect and share stories they remembered about her.

We are very grateful to the many people who sent the beautiful flowers, cards,and the touching words of comfort. Also, a special Thank You to Mr. Stump and Stump Funeral Home for the compassion you gave to our family and for making Grandma look again like the angel she truly is.

Thank You,

Martha Ferrell-Brabson