In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Cedar County Memorial Hospital and left at the funeral home.
Velma Jewell (Bausch) Eslinger, age 92, entered into Heavenly peace on October 13, 2020, at the Hermitage Nursing and Rehab Center in Hermitage, Missouri. Velma was born to Alma (Esry) and Henry Bausch at their farm home south and east of El Dorado Springs in Cedar County, Missouri. She was the tenth of eleven Bausch children. Velma attended eight grades at Pleasant Ridge School and graduated from El Dorado Springs High School in 1946 as valedictorian of the class.
On December 22, 1945, Velma was united in Holy Matrimony to John Lewis Eslinger, also of El Dorado Springs. They were married sixty-eight years before his death in 2014, and they spent their entire married life on a farm east of town. Velma was a typical farm wife, managing a flock of chickens and raising a vegetable garden, plus canning and freezing excess vegetables and fruit. She was often relied on to help deliver pigs and calves. Velma spent many hours on a tractor seat when needed for plowing, disking, mowing, raking, or baling hay.
Velma will be remembered by many people for her machine quilting. From 1970 to 2010, she quilted over 14, 000 quilts. Through those years she made many new friendships locally and throughout the United States and other countries. With pride, she created lasting memories by piecing quilts for her family and friends.
The most important thing in Velma’s life was raising their four children: Lewis Ray, Barbara Ann, Sharon Kay, and Virginia Lea, to become healthy, happy, respectable citizens.
Velma served twenty years as a 4-H leader, seeing many children receive county, state, and national recognition and awards. She also attended state, regional, and national workshops to better direct and teach the 4-H members.
Velma was the first woman in Cedar County to be appointed to the Farmer’s Home Administration. She served in that capacity for two terms of three years. Cedar and Vernon Counties were combined under one director with one meeting place, so she traveled to Nevada for two more terms of three years. It was a fulfilling experience with her wide farm knowledge.
Velma was president of the Cedar County Historical Society when the members decided to open historical museums in Stockton and El Dorado Springs. Stockton members soon received the Old Jail House for their displays, and it has continued to improve. Members in El Dorado Springs received permission to use the large ground floor of the Community Building for their collection of memorabilia for several years until the Wayside Hotel was purchased.
In April 1980, Velma was elected to the Board of Trustees at Cedar County Memorial Hospital and served in that capacity for twenty years, during which time many new services, equipment, programs, and personnel were added.
Velma was a dedicated Red Cross volunteer for forty years. She served on the Cedar County Red Cross Board, taught Red Cross first aid and C.P.R. classes, was bloodmobile chairman, and donated many hours of service at the local hospital. She was equally proud to continue to serve as a hospital volunteer when the hospital contracted with the Community Blood Services of the Ozarks for all blood supplies. Velma was one of the charter members of the local Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered many hours of service.
Velma was saved at the Hazel Dell Missionary Baptist Church and was baptized by Pastor Dude Pace in August 1941. The family attended services at Concord Missionary Baptist Church for several years. Serving her Lord and Savior was important in her life. She was a Bible student and Sunday School teacher; she remained true to the Baptist Faith and Doctrine and wanted others to receive the peace, love, and joy of Jesus Christ as Savior.
Preceding Velma in death were her husband, John Lewis Eslinger; her parents, Henry and Alma Bausch; sisters: Margaret Baker, Edith Cook, Edna Shubert, Arlene Eason, and Mary Jean Girvin; brothers: Lester, Michael, Delbert, and Granvil Bausch; and grandson, Timothy Eslinger.
Survivors include her children: Lewis Ray and Cheryl Eslinger, Barb and Ken Fortney, Sharon and Larry Lawler, and Virginia and David Pennington; grandchildren: Susan and Mark Dingman, Sherre and Buddy King, Scott and Ali Fortney, Candace Fortney, Lucinda and David Cox, Stefanie Eslinger, Patrick Eslinger, Jacob Pennington, and Brandon Pennington; great-grandchildren: John Michael, Sarah Elisabeth, and James Thomas King, Jesse Rochelle Leigh Dingman, Brianne LaRue, Audrey Jewell, Lauren Rose, and Samantha LaRue Fortney, and Xavier Thomas and Rylee Jane Cox; one sister, Nova Don Bumpus; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.