Velma Julia Staples Jeremiah
Velma was born in Eugene, Oregon to Frank and Pearl Staples, one of eight brothers and sisters.
As a teenager in Oregon City, Oregon, during her Senior year in high school, Velma worked for room and board and a dollar a week. Even though her parents struggled to make ends meet, there still was a free breakfast for a passing hobo.
During World War II, Velma worked on army bases in California and Alaska, met and married a sailor, Neil Jeremiah. After the war, they owned and operated (and sleeping in the back room) the Pronto Pup Palace fountain lunch in San Francisco. After going bust, they moved to Seattle and had a son, Dale.
Living in Snohomish, WA, Velma was a full time mother besides working various bookkeeping positions.
Now living in Portland, OR, divorced, Velma joined Mensa, attending the 2nd Oregon Mensa meeting. (Little did she know where that first meeting would take her.) Working full time and going to night...