Velva Mae Meadors, 98, Pryor, died Sunday, Jan. 27, in Pryor. She was born near Gainesboro, Tenn. to Charlie and Ida Laura Smith on May 17, 1914. They lived in Tennessee until moving to Oklahoma around 1924. There were four girls when they moved, Velva, Marjorie, Hattie and Edith. Norma Ell was born while living in Bristow. Charles Daniel was born in Drumright in 1929. She attended Pleasant Hill School outside of Drumright and played basketball through 11th grade. She could have gone to college on a basketball scholarship but chose to quit school and get married. She married John W. Meadors on Dec. 5, 1931 in Drumright. She had eight children. She was a homemaker until she went to work around 1950. She worked as a nurse’s aide in Cushing, Artesia, Calif. and Drumright, when she had to come back to take care of her parents. After her parents died she moved to her daughters’, Trudy Berka at Twin Oaks, where her husband pastored and followed them to Greenbrier Church at Adair. She stayed with them until January of 1987 when they bought a house to retire in and she lived there with grandson Ron Berka for about a year and then by herself until 1998. Francis, her son-in-law, resigned the church and they moved to be with her. That home is where she stayed until she died. She enjoyed working in the fields with her Dad. She was the oldest and she was his boy until the last was born, which was a brother. She loved quilting and made quilts for all her children. She loved to crochet, making numerous afghans and a king size bedspread for her sister. In her days in California, while she was nursing, she bowled on a team with some of the other nurses. She won several trophies. She watched ballgames with her son-in-law. Her church and loving God meant all to her. She missed very much going to church. She would pray long every night for her family to be in church and serving God. She lived to see her grandchildren especially the little ones. She will be missed very much by her family and friends.
Funeral services are Friday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m., in the Shipman’s Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Ballard officiating. Her great-grandsons will serve as casket bearers. Her grandsons will be honorary casket bearers. Interment will be at 3 p.m. in the First Mission Cemetery in Drumright. To leave a personal message to her family, visit www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.
She is survived by her children, Johnny and Jacky Meadors of Adair, Judy and Elmo McCurry of Stillwater, Francis and Trudy Berka of Pryor, Gary and Terri Meadors of Chouteau; 22 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren and fice great-great-great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces, Charles and Salty Cruser of Rockport, Texas, Debra Cruser of California, Jimmy and Sandy Cruser of Rockport, Texas, Mitchell Griffith of Oklahoma, Michael and Cathy Griffith of Glenpool, and many great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband John (Willie) Meadors, son James H. Meadors, daughters Glena Dell Martin, Edith Ann Meadors and Janice Sue Meadors, father, Charlie Smith, mother Ida Laura Smith, sisters Marjorie Perry, Hattie Wing, Edith Cruser, Norma Griffith and brother Charles Smith.