September 18, 1933 ~ March 19, 2009
The Measure of Life
Velma E. Barnett was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to Harrison P. Peters and Ejester Jones Peters on September 18, 1933. She was the third child born of five to this union. Velma obtained her education attending Joseph S. Clark High School, New Orleans, LA.
She accepted Christ at an early age as a Baptist. Velma fellowshipped and worshipped at New Light Baptist Church, in New Orleans, LA under the guidance of Minister Henry Taylor. In 1978, she joined Crenshaw Christian Center under Dr. Frederick K.C. Price, Sr. Pastor and currently under his son, Pastor Fredrick Price.
A loving mother, understanding the value of a great education, Velma worked at Woodcrest Elementary School for 23 years and at Creative Learning Center for 10 years.
Velma was blessed with one son, Darryl Ross. On July 4, 1963, Velma married the love of her life, Eriell Barnett. To this blessed union was born a beautiful daughter, Terri Barnett.
In her spare time, Velma loved to sew, and sew she did – from making clothes to mending them; to beautiful creations designed especially for her to take dialysis. Her daughter recalls that her mother was always sewing something, putting together something or make some type of special clothing and because of her ability to sew she was always well dressed. She also loved to prepare New Orleans style food and talking to her two sisters. Velma was an avid Lakers' fan cheering for her team to win.
On March 19, 2009, Velma E. Barnett was called to rest in the arms of her loving Lord Jesus Christ. She joins her father and mother, Harrison & Ejester Peters, Sr; husband Eriell Barnett; brothers, Harrison Peters Jr., and Leroy Peters; and grandson, Darryl Rene Ryan Ross, affectionately known as "Lil D."
She leaves a legacy of love with her children, Darryl Ross (and his wife Melva) and Terri Barnett-Simpson (and her husband Bill) all of Los Angeles, CA; grandchildren: Me'Asha Wright, Alten Simpson, Darren Kevin Ross and Paradise Simpson; siblings: Shirley Mae Crawford and Yvonne Lavigne, both of New Orleans, LA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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