Velma Maxine McKinlay

Velma Maxine McKinlay, 87, died peacefully Wednesday June 11, 2014, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam. Velma was born on Oct. 24, 1926, in Aberdeen, Wash., to James and Marie (Trombley) Seyler. She attended Miller Junior High and graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1944.

Velma married Olaf Henry (“Hank”) Wicklund in 1947 and together they had two sons, Bruce and Craig. They divorced in 1968. At her 25th high school reunion in 1969, Velma reunited with Edward Higgins McKinlay and they married the following year. Pasco, Wash., was their home for almost 30 years. Ed passed away in 1999 in Pasco and Velma then moved back to the Harbor.

Velma worked as a legal secretary at the Ingram and Zelasko law firm in Aberdeen and later as an administrative assistant for Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

Velma was an avid reader of literature and current events. She enjoyed playing bridge and belonged to several bridge groups that met regularly. She loved to garden and took classes to become a WSU Master Gardener.

Velma is survived by her sons: Bruce M. (Julie) Wicklund of San Francisco, Calif., and Craig H. (Kristine) Wicklund of Kenmore, Wash.; five grandchildren: Adrienne and Andrew (Kenmore), and Aaron, Ethan and Jared (San Francisco); and one sister: Barbara Orwick of Corydon, Indiana.

In addition to her husband, Velma was preceded in death by two sisters: Helene Sherk and Virginia Jane Petersen, and two brothers: Francis and Robert Seyler.

There will be a private gathering for close friends and family Saturday, June 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Polson Museum, located 1611 Riverside in Hoquiam to celebrate Velma’s life.

Memorials may be made in Velma’s name to the Nature Conservancy: or Attn: Memorial Giving 4245 N. Fairfax Drive Ste. l00 Arlington, VA, 22203.

To sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle please visit

Arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary 311 W. Market Street in Aberdeen, Wash.


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