Velda was born in Calvin, OK on June 30, 1932, the second of eight children. She graduated from Wewoka High School and continued her education at Southwestern Christian University. In the 1960s, Velda returned to her studies, earning a degree in Spanish and Music as a double major from the University of Southern Florida. She completed her Master’s Degree in Education in 1974 at Pan-American University in Edinburg Texas.
Velda was married to Robert H. Hough; they were married 39 years, serving as pastors in Eastern Oklahoma and Florida, and as missionaries to Cuba and Mexico. They also gave several years of service to the Texas Conference of the IPHC.
Velda worked as a teacher, missionary, and a Special Ed Diagnostician. She was a musician and enjoyed making music on a variety of instruments, raising a garden of flowers, learning new languages, and spending time with her family. She was also actively involved in teaching Bible classes as well as English as a second language.
Velda is survived by one daughter, Faith Ellen Hough Nix of Oklahoma City, two sons, Robert (Buddy) Joel Hough of Alamo, TX, Charles Byron Hough and wife, Mayra, of Corpus Christi, TX; ten grandchildren, Ashley Elizabeth White Campbell and husband Shawn, Drew Edward White and wife, Avalon, Jayson Robert Hough and wife Jamie, Josie Catherine Hough McAllister and husband, Josh, Dora Linda Hough, David Willis Hough, Jaron Matthew Nix and wife Kori, Pierce Addison Nix, Destiny Marie Jones-Nix, Rebecca Rose Hough Albers and husband John; brother David Lee Cunningham and wife Sharon; four great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Velda is preceded in death by her parents Thelma Catherine Williams Cunningham and Clarence Homer Cunningham; sisters Neva Floy Cunningham Alt, Barbara Faith Cunningham Forsythe, Enide Lou Cunningham Adair; brothers Buddy Addison Cunningham, Bryant Homer Cunningham, and John Dennis Cunningham; and by her beloved daughter Robin Elizabeth Hough White.
Memorial donations may be given to World Missions Ministries, P.O. Box 270420, Oklahoma City, OK 73137. Designate Project #54004P Velda Hough. Online, go to iphc.org, click donate, enter project #54004P. All donations will go to Emmanual Bible College in Monterrey, N.L. Mexico where Velda taught as a missionary.
The family of Velda Hough wishes to thank the Deacons and Deaconesses of Crown Heights Christian Church who were faithful to visit and send cards and remembrances, and countless others who have shown Velda and her family loving and prayerful support. A “Celebration of Life” service was held on March 16, 2016 at the Crown Heights Christian Church, conducted by Pastor- the Reverend Mr. Aaron Krueger and the Rev. Mr. Bob Ely.
[Editor's Comment: I don't ever remember meeting Velda Ruth Hough. However, I remember her daughter, Faith, who was a student at Southwestern College (now Southwestern Christian University) in Oklahoma City when I was president. Faith was a member of the Great Life Singers and was noted for her singing and solos. I remember her father, Robert Hough, who had gone to Cuba as a missionary. I have been to Cuba twice, once in 1955 when I played in the Quantico Marine Band. The State Department of the United States flew our band and drum and bugle corps to Havana to play for the inauguration of Fulgencio Batista, President of Cuba. Then, in 1957, I went back to Cuba on a two-week missions' trip with students from Asbury College to Pinar de Río, Cuba’s westernmost province where Thomas Willey was the missionary with the Free-Will Baptist Church. Carl Ricks and I were in the group that ministered there. He and I were roommates at Asbury College, 1956-57. Carl and I attended and graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary. Carl became a pastor in the United Methodist Church and later a missionary to Budapest, Hungary. Carl and I have continued communications over the intervening years. He now resides in Florida.
I wish to thank Dr. Harold Dalton, Assistant Director of World Missions Ministries, IPHC for alerting me to the death and funeral for Velda Ruth Hough. Every person is important and we certainly want to remember our dedicated and faithful missionaries who have served our church and the Kingdom of God. Our hearts go out to this wonderful family in their time of grief.
The writer of the Book of Hebrews expressed a great truth we all need to read often about those who have gone on before us who died in faith--faith in the Lord Jesus Christ: "But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel" (Hebrews 12: 22-24, NKJV).