Wednesday, July 15, 2020


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    Velma “Thelma” Gordon, 1926 ~ 2010

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    Our Mom, Grandma, Nana and friend was born on Sept. 23, 1926, in a river town known as Shelter Town, Colo.

    Her parents, Joseph and Frances Tekavec, named their beautiful girl Velma Irene. She attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and later married the love of her life, Doyle Gordon, on Dec. 24, 1944.

    They were blessed with seven children, Geri, Greg, Grant, Gail, Georgia, Gianne and Dennis. Together they loved and together they mourned the loss of their beloved Grant.

    Velma Gordon passed away June 15, 2010.

    She served her family in ways that death itself could not conquer and never let an anniversary or holiday pass without thought of her husband and son. She left a stamp on earth that will never fade and touched the lives of many.

    She wasn’t one to miss a yard sale or the opportunity to feed one’s body or soul. There was always a salad or dessert in the fridge and fresh coffee in the pot. She welcomed visitors at the screen door with her signature, “come in, if you can wade in,” and was eager to show off her infamous garden and rose bushes.

    At the end of the day she was most content with a baby in her arms and took great pride in the number of children she loved and helped raise.

    We will miss her stories, sassy attitude and the homemade brandy she kept for “baking purposes only.”

    Services were held June 19, under the direction of Kimmerle-Hefner Funeral Home. Burial took place at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Moab.

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