Velma Jim, 62

Velma Jim, 62, of Pocatello passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at her home from an extended illness.
She was born July 7, 1949 in Pocatello, the daughter of Theresa Marsh and Dietz Pongah Sr.
She graduated from high school in Chilocco, Okla., in 1966.
On October 9, 2009 she married LaVerne L. Jim.
Velma worked for the Shoshone Bannock Tribes and the Indian Health Services as a billing clerk.  She also served on the Tribal Enrollment Committee.
She enjoyed traveling, going to the casino, taking pictures and being with family and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, LaVerne of Pocatello; daughter, Perri Michelle Redwoman; brother, Lyle Ray Pongah Sr.; sisters, Lorena Pongah, Ivy Waterhouse, Leona P. Jim, 53 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sons:  Vashawn Redwoman and Ueland Redwoman, brothers, Steven “Stompo”, Delbert, Edmund, Thurman, Elwin “Juggie”, Dietz Pongah Jr., Harrison “Pete” Shoyo; sisters, Theora Andrea “Thopey” Galloway, nephew: Donavan Thayne Teton and grandson, Joshua Shaune Apodaca.
A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot
She will be taken to the Jim home at the corner of  Philbin Road and Cutshalts Road at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 and then again on Friday from 11 a.m. until time of service on Saturday.
A traditional burial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at Sandhill Cemetery.
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