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Velma Doris Hull

June 11, 1932 – November 10, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Velma Doris Hull (Vel) on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at the age of 89.

Vel was born June 11, 1932 on the family farm near Lousana, Alberta to William and Winifred Lyons and was the youngest of six children.



When Vel was 20 years old, she joined the RCAF in Falkenbridge, Ontario and worked as a lead teletype operator. She met John (Red) Hull at a dance in Sudbury in 1953 and they were married on February 19, 1955.

In 1958 Red flew up from Alberta to work and settle in Keno City.

Vel, with two daughters in tow, drove up the Alaska Highway that June with her brother-in-law, pregnant sister, and their two sons.

They encountered the huge forest fire at Fireside that happened that year but made it through before the highway was closed. This was one of the fifty-seven trips Vel made up and down the Alaska Highway. 

In 1960 they moved to Calumet and that same year their son was born in Mayo. In 1962 they decided to move to Quebec but found themselves back in the Yukon within a year and back in Calumet before moving on to Elsa.

A move to Alberta was made in 1967 but again they were back in the Yukon within a year this time settling in Carcross. In 1971 they moved to Whitehorse and in 1972 their last daughter was born. Whitehorse remained Vel’s home until her passing.



Vel was an Avon Lady, a volunteer firefighter and fire chief in Carcross, worked for the Department of Public Works, the Whitehorse Post Office, Supply and Services (YTG), The Bicycle Repair Centre business which they owned for fourteen years, and her favourite job of all - The Yukon Visitor’s Centre where she worked until her passing.

She enjoyed many activities throughout her life such as knitting, curling, bowling, square dancing, clogging, and most recently crocheting hats for newborns at WGH. She really enjoyed their winter trips to Arizona but most of all she loved going to dances with Red at the Legion or anywhere Hank Karr or the Canucks were playing.

They loved their social life and had many, many good friends.
Vel volunteered with every organization she was ever involved in and most recently was volunteering at the Golden Age Society.

Vel was featured in the Remarkable Yukon Women book by Claire Festel and Valerie Hodgson and her and Red were in a wonderful article by Mike Craigen titled Living Legends, Red (John) and Velma Hull, Growing Older Younger.

Vel is greatly missed by the love of her life, Red, of sixty-eight years, and her children, Laurie Babala (Glenn) Costa Rica, Carol Marks (Bryon) Whitehorse, Rick Hull (Luanne) Whitehorse, and Christina O’Connell (Darin) Red Deer, Alberta. Vel also leaves behind eight grandchildren, Ryan (Dani), Jill, Kimberly, Shannon, Hayley (Jon), Richard (Tammy), Brandon and Rachel as well as three great grandchildren, Autumn, Charlie and Isla. She is also deeply missed by her sister-in-law, Hilda, and many nieces and nephews.

Vel was predeceased by her siblings, Harry, Grace, Maurice, Ken and Mary.

A celebration of life will be held in the summer to honour the passing of a wonderful and amazing woman who we all loved.

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Wally and Dianne Sutherland on Jan 21, 2022 at 2:14 pm

We had John build a bicycle built for 2 modified for our handicapped daughter in 1978. Had good visits with them in Arizona. Seen them when they came to Red Deer, A.B. I was sad to hear about Vales passing.

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Sheila Cochrane on Dec 22, 2021 at 8:04 am

Velma and I were neighbours and school chums. I also really enjoyed their visit a few years ago. My sympathy to all the family.

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Tracey Hutton on Dec 20, 2021 at 6:17 pm

Red and family, we’re so sorry for your loss. She will be missed.

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Bonna Young on Dec 20, 2021 at 1:30 pm

Met Val at an Airforce reunion in Whitehorse. Pat and her were hosting this reunion and what a great job they did. I loved watching her and Red dance. She will be missed.

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Carol Felmey on Dec 20, 2021 at 6:13 am

So sorry for your loss Red (mom and dad ) Chuck and Mae Opperman had always enjoyed their time with you in Yuma.

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Dwight and Helene Herbison on Dec 19, 2021 at 7:14 pm

Our deepest condolences to Vel’s family. We first met Red and Vel through a mutual friend. They came to our home together and we fell in love with their humour, spunk for life and positive attitude.
Whenever we went to Whitehorse we would get together for dinner or stayed at their place.
The Mexican train game was their favourite at the time and we had a blast with them.
This September we met at the Legion for dinner. We’re so happy to have gone there to see them. Little did we know at the time that it would be the last time we saw Vel.
We will miss our visits and Vel’s amazing way of making you feel so very welcomed.
Red you had the most amazing person for your lifetime partner.
Take joy in remembering the good times you had.
There were many.

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Kristine and Gary on Dec 3, 2021 at 8:06 pm

Our deepest sympathy for Vel’s family and friends. We are touched by her kindness, humour, and spirit.

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Jon Randall on Nov 29, 2021 at 9:03 pm

So sad to hear about Vel's passing. She was such a wonderful person, I only knew her for about 53 years , She was always such a nice person to see when I would visit their house with Rick. I also enjoyed the square dancing with her.

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Mckenzie on Nov 27, 2021 at 8:26 pm

My great Auntie was an amazing lady and we will miss her so very much. It made me feel so honored to have had her in my life, May Auntie Velma rest peaceful with all our loved ones waiting. I will never forget you!!! Love you and my prayers and strength to my uncle Red, all my cousins, relations, and many friends.

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Robert on Nov 27, 2021 at 12:58 pm

Sorry for your loss Red and family. My condolences.

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Tina jones on Nov 26, 2021 at 10:45 pm

Aunt Vel will be missed by a great many people. It is with sadness that I read her obituary as I thought she would live forever but it brought a smile to my face to read about a life that was well lived. Aunt Vel and uncle Red have travelled many miles to stay close to family and I appreciate and love every second I have ever spent with them both. Much love from Tina and Albert

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Sue Netzel Bradford on Nov 26, 2021 at 7:46 pm

My sincere sympathy to Red and Family. We bowled together, had a lot of laughs.. Velma, a lovely gracious lady, fun loving, great wife, mother...

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Eileen & Pat O’Hagan on Nov 26, 2021 at 6:04 pm

Our deepest sympathies Red to you and your family.

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