Abigail passed away unexpectedly on January 28, 2018 at home in Oklahoma City.
She is preceded in death by her father Michael Velte and sister Jacquelynne Marie. Abigail is survived by her mother Connie Johnson Velte, brother Ryan Michael Velte, aunts Marie Kizzia (Roy), Patricia Velte, Ginny Taylor (Steve), Christine Velte, all of Oklahoma City, and Debra Koehler (Kurt) of Lindstrom, MN and Tammy Dees (Andy) of Phoenix.
Abigail was born May 7, 1972 in Washington, D.C. She moved with her parents to Oklahoma City at age 2 where, for many years, she was the only child, grandchild and niece of a doting extended family and was loved, pampered, spoiled and adored.
She graduated Putnam City High School in 1990 and worked in Oklahoma City for a few years before realizing her dream to take to the skies. She became a flight attendant for American Trans Air, an international charter carrier in 1997 and traveled the world. She was based out of Indianapolis, Phoenix, San Francisco and Chicago. Abbi stopped traveling only long enough to earn a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University in 2009, which included studies in England. Degree in pocket, she lifted off for a new adventure as an international teacher of corporate English beginning near Bejing, China, followed by Santiago, Chile, and then Medellin, Colombia (where she was airlifted out of a mining town by government helicopter and driven through the jungle) and Bangkok, Thailand, a place that truly captured her heart. She returned to live in Thailand many times over the past 8 years and was packed and ready to return when she unexpectedly died.
Putting down roots had no appeal for Abbi. She was all “wings” and all those who are stunned, saddened and at a loss to deal with a life where Abbi isn’t calling back with tales of travels, new friends and adventures need to understand that this girl was meant to fly… and soaring she now is.