Velma Lucile Anderson
September 25, 1926 – November 6, 2020
Velma Lucile Anderson, a resident of Robin Run retirement community in Indianapolis, passed away on November 6, 2020 at the age of 94 with her family by her side. Velma is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Anderson, of LaPorte, Indiana and her son, Alan (Julie) Anderson, of Greenwood, Indiana; her four grandchildren, Caitlin Anderson, Marissa Anderson, Claire Anderson, and Mitchell Anderson; and her siblings, Donald (Bev) Boyer, Marie Boyer, and Oleta (Al) Smith. Her husband, Charles Anderson, and her daughter, Christina Anderson, predeceased her along with her grandson, Benjamin Gust, and a sibling, Georgia Kallgren. Velma was born on September 25, 1926. She was the child of Orville and Emma Boyer, and she was born in Arkansas but grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma. She met Charles at a roller-skating rink when he was stationed in Ardmore at the Gene Autry Air Base in Oklahoma during World War II. Charles and Velma married in 1946 after the end of the war, and they made their first home in Norwood, Massachusetts, where Charles had lived. In Norwood, Velma worked at Jordan Marsh and Charles worked at Plimpton Press, and Christina and Cheryl were born. They then moved to LaPorte, Indiana in 1958 when Charles was transferred to Plimpton Press. Alan was born in LaPorte. In 1970, Charles and Velma moved to Indianapolis where Charles worked for Litho Press. Velma has been a resident of Indianapolis for the last 50 years. Velma was active in her church in LaPorte, IN and with First Congregational United Church of Christ in Indianapolis. She taught Sunday school at both churches and volunteered in many of the church activities. She was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority, a philanthropic sorority, for over 65 years serving as President for a term. She was a member of People to People, International and hosted individuals from other countries for many years. She has volunteered for many organizations and was a temporary guardian for over 25 years for a young man living in a home for persons with disabilities. The Celebration of Life service will be in the Nora Chapel of Leppert Mortuary located at 740 East 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240 on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm. There will be no visitation, and the service will be limited to family, relatives, and close friends of Velma. We encourage you to be a part of the celebration by viewing it and sharing your memories at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/leppert. The gravesite services will follow at Washington Park North Cemetery located at 2702 Kessler Blvd., Indianapolis. Memorial Contributions may be made to Camp Riley through the Riley Children’s Foundation located at 30 South Meridian, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or to the First Congregational United Church of Christ memorial fund located at 7171 North Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, IN 46240.
Velma Anderson Celebration of Life 2:00pm Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Welcome and Opening Prayer - Pastor Sarah Lund Opening Hymn - “How Great Thou Art” Scriptures: Psalm 23 - Larry Coplen John 14:1-4 - Mitchel Anderson Special Music of Eric Clapton - “Tears in Heaven” Poem - “To Those I Love and Those That Love Me” - Marissa Anderson Words of Remembrance by Alan Anderson, Cheryl Anderson, and Caitlin Anderson Prayer of Dedication and Thanksgiving - Pastor Sarah Lund Closing Hymn - “Amazing Grace” Benediction - Pastor Sarah Lund
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Celebration of Life
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Velma Lucile Anderson
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November 13, 2020
I got to know my "adopted second mother" when helping her at her Indianapolis condo. Velma was adept at all types of crafts, sewing, keeping genealogy, cooking and baking, gardening . organizing (you name it, it was in order) and sharing stories of love and pride about her children and grandchildren. Her knowledge was limitless and her enthusiasm contagious. We explored new adventures and enjoyed regular routines. I will miss her. Unforgettable memories of Velma will stay with me forever. Prayers of comfort to the family.
November 12, 2020
Velma Anderson, was so important to the Sharp Neighborhood Assoc. She was out glue. May she rest in peace.
November 11, 2020
Velma was such an important part of my sorority life, that I can’t imagine being part of ESA without Velma and Charles. They both gave their all to anything they did. There are so many happy and sad times that we shared that will always remain in my heart. Velma and I continued to keep in touch via emails and annual Christmas cards, many of which I still have. May God bless each of you as you remember and honor Velma and her wonderful life and legacy.
November 11, 2020
In a note to Velma to celebrate her 90th birthday, I shared some things I had learned and appreciated about her in the short time I had gotten to know her:
> Your Oklahoma roots show - you have a lot of "OK" and a lot of "Home" in your constitution!
> You are at home no matter where you live
> You always have a story to tell and it is usually funny
> You look for the good in everyone
> You have great reserves of strength and resilience
> You enjoy a good book
> You LOVE your family (probably should be first on the list!)
> You trust in God
> and many more delightful qualities!!
I will remember Velma the rest of my life. She was such a loving and welcoming person, a remarkable woman who lived life fully.
She will be missed. Prayers for comfort for all who knew and loved her, especially her family.
In Christian hope, Carol Sowle