On December 16, 2014, Velma passed away. She was 89 years young. Velma was born in Eugene, Oregon to Henry and Sadie Martin. She moved to Manteca when she was just six years old. Soon after graduating from Manteca High, Velma went to work at Sharpe Army Depot and retired as a Budget Analyst after 38 years of federal service. She was always active in the community, playing baseball, bowling on several teams, volunteering at community events and eventually volunteering at Manteca’s Museum (the same building where she married her husband, Robert).
She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for many years. During those years she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, performed with the Bell Choir, and volunteered for many events, groups and committees.
Velma loved to collect dolls and was an active member of several doll clubs. She love to travel and see new parts of the world and recently became a big fan of bingo.
She was loving and kind and always wanted to help people in anyway that she could. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Velma was preceded in death by her mother and father; husband; brother, Elmer and daughter, Diana, daughter in-law, Sandy Cedergren. She is survived by her sister, Betty; her son, Gary; daughter, Kathy; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial for Velma will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, in Manteca, CA, on Saturday, January 10th at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Velma requested that donations be made to the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, December 27, 2014