Velma “Cricket” Arrington, 95, of Neelyville, Mo., passed away Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Black River Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Mrs. Arrington was born on July 19, 1921 in Zelma, Mo. She worked as a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening, flowers and puzzles. She attended the Friendship General Baptist Church in Coon Island, where she served as Sunday school teacher, sang in the church choir and did Vacation Bible School. Velma served as Neelyville Mayor from 1988 through the early 1990’s and was a member of the Eastern Star at Malden.
On July 13, 1940 she married Robert G. “Dugan” Arrington in Malden, Mo. He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1988.

Survivors include 2 sons, Jim Arrington of Neelyville, Gayland Arrington and wife, Linda of Neelyville; 1 daughter, Peggy Duncan of Tallahassee, FL.; 8 grandchildren, Rodney Boyle, Robert Lyberger and wife, Donna, Dottie Curtner, Shannon Davis and husband, Steve, Holly Dobbins and husband, Justin, Josh Arrington and wife, Melissa, Lynn Derickson and husband, Eric and Amy Hogan and husband, John; as well as 11 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by parents, Howard I. Sturgeon and Clara Lacy Sturgeon; 1 daughter-in-law, Sandy; sisters, Bernice Peck, Alta Minzey, Frieda Day; brothers, A.E. Sturgeon, Bill Sturgeon, Alfred Sturgeon, and twin brother Delmond; and 1 grandson, Matthew Arrington.

Visitation will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the Fowler-Sullivan Memorial Chapel in Neelyville. Funeral will begin at 1:00 p.m., in the chapel, with Rev. Alan Lieutert officiating. Burial will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery in Malden, Mo.