OBITUARY

Velma Estelle Traver

April 5, 1931March 6, 2018
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Mrs. Traver was born April 5, 1931 in Lanett, AL to the late John Cook and Lucinda Vaughn Cook. She was a caregiver for many years for several families in LaGrange and always known as Miss Siggers. Mrs. Traver worked at LaGrange College and West Georgia Medical Center for several years.

Mrs. Traver was a member of Trinity on the Hill United Methodist since November 1988 where she served on the Administrative Board; member of Trinity on the Hill UMW; and was a vital part in getting the Callaway Grant for purchase of the land for Trinity’s new church building. She was also over the nursery at Trinity until she moved to Florida in 2003.

Mrs. Traver is preceded in death by husbands Franklin Eugene Siggers and James S. Traver.

Survivors include her son Eric “Ricky” and Gayle Siggers of Ballwin, MO; daughter Christy Siggers Alhin of Jacksonville, FL; daughter Cathy (Lewis) Goode of Jacksons Gap, AL; and John Siggers of Challis, ID, Mrs. Traver had 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

The gathering of family and friends will be held at 11:00 am until 12:00pm with the Celebration of Life Service starting at 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary Chapel with Dr. Mike Reeves officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored by donations made in memory of Mrs. Traver to Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church, or The Alzheimer’s Association.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Eric "Ricky" and Gayle Siggers, Son
  • Christy Siggers Alhin, Daughter
  • Cathy and Lewis Goode, Daughter
  • John Siggers, Son
  • Lucinda Vaughn Cook, Mother
  • John Cook, Father
  • Mrs. Traver leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren to cherish her memory.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, March 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Velma Estelle Traver

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Jeannie Knight

March 13, 2018

So many hearts were touched.....So many smiles were shared.....So many memories will live on.

Always loved the way she smiled at her grandchildren. Strong, sweet and precious soul.

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Biography

If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Velma Estelle Traver. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Velma was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant.

She was the daughter of John and Lucinda Cook, and was raised in Chambers County, Alabama. During her childhood, Velma learned to be reliable and respectful. She was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Velma's personality throughout her life.

Though Velma was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with her family, she was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Velma was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Velma worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Velma was raised with six siblings. They were Ben, Herman, Claire, Dess, Barbara, and Mildred. Velma and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of her experiences, Velma was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although she had an exacting nature, Velma was always tactful. One thing Velma will certainly be remembered for is that, when she got up in the mornings, she was ready and raring to go. As a young girl, Velma had a number of interests and was an active child. Velma did not participate in sports as she had to work on the farm in a cornfield where she chopped corn.

For Velma, the school routines were never a problem although she generally preferred variety to structure. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And she was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Velma was also adept at details. She was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. She graduated from Lanett High School in Lanett, Alabama in 1949. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

There was one thing that all of Velma's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that she was a talker. She could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Velma was such a popular person throughout her life. But Velma was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. She was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While she maintained personal standards and her own personal values, Velma was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Velma was often the person who would organize events. In fact, she was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Velma made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. Some of her best friends were Midge Smith, Emalene Traver, and Nan Curry.

Velma was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. Velma cared for what others thought and carried that into her marriages. She entered her first marriage in June of 1952, when she married Franklin Eugene ‘Gene’ Siggers. She later married James 'Jim' Traver. They married in December of 2003 at Trinity on the Hill Methodist Church in LaGrange, Georgia. Compassionate and devoted, Velma worked hard to make sure her marriages were happy.

Harmony was important to Velma and she made every effort to maintain it with her family. Velma was blessed with four children, two sons, Eric 'Ricky' and John and two daughters, Christy and Cathy. They were also blessed with ten grandchildren: Tina, Will, Ryan, Megan, Lewis, Lanier, Rachel, Kymalee, John, and Eugene. Velma was always conscious of the feelings others had. She was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Velma was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. Her secret of success in this area was simple: Velma would listen before she would act.

Taking her work seriously came naturally to Velma, and she expected the same from those around her. Velma was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. She was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. Velma was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Velma handled well. She could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” Her primary occupation was a medical receptionist. She was employed for 14 years by West Georgia Medical Center. She brought harmony to her work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for her colleagues.

A methodical woman, Velma enjoyed spending time working on her various hobbies. She had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that she could have something to show for her efforts. Her favorite pursuits were being with and loving on her family, gardening (flowers), and being a caregiver.

Velma was the kind of person who would readily move into action in order to help others. She was appreciated and respected. She could find value in the opinions of others and was passionate about her own values and beliefs. Politically, Velma was a Democrat.

Her high moral standards and traditional values served Velma well with her faith. Religion and faith were important to her. She was a member of Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church for 30 years. During that time, she served on the Administrative Board, she was a member of Trinity on the Hill UMW, she was a vital part in getting the Callaway Grant for the purchase of the land for the church's new building, and she was also over the nursery at the church. She was well respected because she was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner she could.

Since it was easy for Velma to meet and get to know new people, she quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once she met those new friends, she loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since she was practical and cost efficient, Velma was ready when that day to retire finally came in 1995. In retirement, she found new pleasure in spending more time with her grandchildren, her flower garden, selflessly taking care of others regardless of their age, ability, or status in life. She enjoyed serving others and that was her life. Even in retirement, Velma stayed in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was busy helping others and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered her.

Velma passed away on March 6, 2018 at Diversicare of Lanett in Lanett, Alabama. Velma had battled Dementia. She is survived by her children: Eric, Christy, Cathy, and John, her grandchildren: Tina, Will, Ryan, Megan, Lewis, Lanier, Rachel, Kymalee, John, and Eugene, and her great grandchildren: Darby, Brennan, Everett, Ryder, Roni, Cali, Alyssa, Kestyn, Leila, Lilian, and Barrett. Services were held at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary. Velma was laid to rest in Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery in Lanett, Alabama.

Velma was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. Velma was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Velma Estelle Traver.