Veola VaronaApril 27, 1919 ~ March 29, 2017 (age 97)
Veola Varona, affectionately known as “Grandma-V”, was a long time resident of Long Beach, CA. She passed away peacefully in her sleep of natural causes on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 after spending 97-years on “God’s green earth”.
Born April 27, 1919 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Lonnie and Mary (Warmsley) Jamison. Veola Varona (Jamison), a warm and caring individual, positively affected the lives of all who knew her. During her marriage to James Johnson, she gave birth to three children. She is survived by her daughter Etta Johnson from Palmdale, California, (originally from Joliet, Illinois), Jonathan Johnson from Joliet, Illinois, and preceded in death by her youngest son, George Johnson from Detroit, Michigan. Between herself and her late brothers Abraham and Willie Jamison, her extended family grew to include 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 8 great, great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Veola’s life was filled with joy as she maximized every moment. During her 30-plus years of employment, as a “housekeeper and nanny to the stars”, she enjoyed many wonderful experiences and met and worked for many famous entertainers in the film, TV, and music industries, such as Dean Martin, Bob Dylan, Jack Klugman, Peggy Crosby, and Philip Crosby, the son of Bing Crosby, just to name a few.
To those who knew her well, they also knew that her main focus in life was to be a servant of God, to do good, and love everyone. She lived an exemplary Christian life and enjoyed attending church and celebrating with her Christian Brothers and Sisters. She served her congregation tirelessly and gave of herself to whomever and wherever she could. Her family and friends recognized her wonderful spirit as she epitomized the meaning of trustworthiness, kindness, generosity, and love. She always indicated that she felt at home when she was around her family and friends, and when she worshiped at her Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos, CA. Her giving Christian nature enabled her to support her favorite charity, the Trinity Broadcasting Network so that she might partake in spreading “the good news” to all the world.
Before she became ill in her final years, she enjoyed reading Christian novels and gardening. She had an amazing green thumb, which enabled her to create spectacular botanical gardens for herself and for loved ones. Her spirit on earth will truly be missed, but we can rejoice knowing that she has gone to a better place. We are confident, as the scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:8, “...to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord”. Veola, we will miss you!
Viewing and Funeral Service for VEOLA VARONA. Friday April 7, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Downey Memorial, 8441 Florence Avenue, Downey CA 90240