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Nancy Bellzona's Picture Book
Chilocco - Velma

VelmaVelma went from the home of her Spanish stepfather, to the structured boarding school, Chilocco. She left Chilocco and worked briefly in the store for the now legendary 101 ranch. She married into the wealth of the Osages. She lived through the pain in their lives. She suffered with them through their illnesses, trauma, and deaths. This was before she encountered the hardships of raising a family during drought and economic lows. There were conditions of such as to require a constant vigil on her part. All this Velma met with courage. She was able to go through it all with unwavering tenacity. Many of the crisis conditions she settled immediately without a backward glance.

When Bellzona died Joseph sat in front of her window and wept. It was Velma who went to him, helped him out of his chair saying, "Come on Grandpa, you need to rest now, you are tired."

He leaned on her like a child leans on a parent. He had always been devoted to her but from that day he formed even a stronger bond with her, and he was there for a number of years, helping in small ways with the children, lending them a strength they would have missed, otherwise.

Joe would quote Ecclesiastes 3:11 in referring to the children as "pretty things." This is the verse right under the verse that speaks of a "time for all things." Just before he died one of the children brought in a peppermint candy. Joe said, "Well, thank you, my pretty thing." When Velma was making up his bed after he died, she found the peppermint candy under his pillow.

In these days when it is fashionable to complain about the wrongs done to a person because of their parents, the devotion of Lee and Velma Jones to their family must be noticed.

Velma was widowed October 31, 1986 when her husband Lee Otis Jones died.

Velma's lineage with the Pensoneaus is: great-grandparent Paschal born April 19, 1729, died February 4, 1802. Married February 5, 1753 to Marguerite Bourdeau. He was full French. Paschal's parents are: Jean dit. Jacques Pinsonneau, b. March 13, 1682. His father was Francois Pinsonneau , his mother, Anne Leber. Jean married Marie Bourassa on July 21, 1712. Jean and Marie's children were: Marie Francoise 1717, Marie Anne, Jacques, Marie Francoise 1721, Rene, Marie Marguerite, Marie Francoise 1727. Francois, Paschal, Marie Rose, Joseph, Pierre marie, Marie Amable, Marie Jean.

Pascal Pinsonneau and Margaret were parents to our great-grandfather Pascal. Pascal and Margaret had: Marie Marguerite, Jacques, Joseph Marie, Pascal, Marie Marguerite, Louis (Louison), Etienne, Francois marie, Louis. One of these was an attorney.

The research on this family alone is a book and is too in depth to cover in this work.



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