Date Posted: 2007-01-14

Belva Marion Commins, 79, of Lexington, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.Belva Marion Commins, 79, of Lexington, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at Tri-County Hospital in Lexington.

She requested to be cremated and have her ashes spread on the farm that she loved so much as were her husband's ashes. At her request, there was no service. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home of Lexington was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Michael (Virginia) Commins of Lexington, and Scott Commins of Beatrice; a sister, Berenice Libal of Lexington; two grandchildren, David and Beth Commins of Lexington; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy; and three sisters, Ruth Qualley, Mary Downey and Luella Lueck.

Belva was born June 1, 1927, to Benjamin and Edna (Simmons) Velte. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1945, and from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a major in home economics and child development. She married Roy R. Commins on May 11, 1946, in Marysville, Kan. Following her graduation they moved to her parents' farm northwest of Lexington where she grew up, later inherited, and was her home until her death.

Belva was a member of the Buffalo Grove Presbyterian Church, had been a member of the Women's Circle and for many years taught Sunday School and did the crafts for Vacation Bible School.

For many years she lead the rhythm band at District #59, and was a 4-H leader for the Happy Maids and Wonder Bugs 4-H clubs.

When she became unable to walk easily she spent her time cutting quilt blocks and making quilts. Belva gave away hundreds of quilts, lap robes, and baby quilts. Over 100 of her quilts were sent to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Quilts also went to the police and fire departments and Veteran's Home in Grand Island.

Memorials are suggested to Lexington Fire and Rescue Department, the Buffalo Grove Church or the Donor's Choice.