Veila Jo Guinn

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Veila Jo Guinn, 95, of Graham, Texas, peacefully passed away Sept. 19, 2021, in Webster, Texas. She was born Feb. 7, 1926 to Edward Marion and Agnes Maude Watkins in Kingsville, Texas. She married Russell Guinn on Jan. 6, 1975 in Graham, Texas. Veila was an artist both by passion and by profession as well as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, great aunt, and friend. She loved her Lord, Jesus Christ, making new friends EVERYWHERE she went, singing, playing her harmonica, and painting the beauty of God’s creations. She was a faithful member of her church community and loved her little town of Graham. In her 95 years of life she had many adventures and stories to share, won many awards and medals at art shows, sold many paintings at galleries, and even painted the Chief of the Ponca Tribe in 1984. She earned her Masters Degree in Art from Stephen F. Austin University and shared her talent by teaching art classes at a university as well as in her home town.

Waiting to meet Veila in her heavenly home are: her husband Russell Guinn, her son Jonathan Todd Gindratt, her parents Edward Marion and Agnes Maude Watkins, and her sisters: Glenna Joyce (Watkins) Fox and Thelma “Billie” Fountain. She leaves to cherish her memories her three grandchildren: Brandi Gindratt and her husband Allan Berger of Houston, TX, Nicole Gindratt of Pollok, TX, and Eric Hill of Houston, TX; and one great grandson: Evander Mahand; as well as five nieces: Susan VanWinkle Brittain, Amanda VanWinkle Faithful, Barbara Loos-Mustachia, Linda Tyson, and Teresa Gordon; three great nieces and one great nephew: Tara Medina and her husband Merari, Jessica D’Andraia and her husband Tony, Dr. George Brittain IV and his wife Carla, Rebecca Brittain Tijerina and her husband Robert.

Veila will be greatly missed by all who have had the pleasure of meeting her joyful personality, and in Heaven she will be adorned in the most beautiful opaque white robe, and no doubt with a beautiful crown of life filled with jewels. And everything she painted here on earth will live on in her memory.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Center Ridge Cemetery, 551 Cement Mountain Road, Graham, TX 76450.

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Graham, Texas 76450
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