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Velma Fay Mathias

Velma Fay Mathias

Velma Fay Mathias, age 84, died Saturday, October 7, 2017, at home in Nyssa, Oregon surrounded by her family. Velma was born July 28, 1933 in Texarkanna, Texas to Walter and Burnice Hancock. She was a twin to brother Elmer Hancock. They were born at their country home at 7 months, weighing 2 ¼ and 3 ¼ pounds. Their mom was paralyzed afterwards for several weeks and wasn't able to care for them but they were lovingly cared for by their aunt. Their aunt put them in wooden shoe boxes in the oven to keep them alive and fed them karo syrup and water. Velma and Elmer celebrated only three birthdays apart from each other in their eighty-four years.

When Velma was 6 years old the family moved to Mt. Vernon, Texas. The twins picked cotton to help with the farming. When Velma was 13 the family moved to Springfield, Oregon. The twins picked strawberries and green beans during their teen years. They graduated from Springfield High School in 1953. Velma worked for Chet's Frozen Food Plant in Eugene, Oregon for several years.

In 1962 the family moved to Boise, Idaho so that Velma could be in a dryer climate for medical reasons. Velma worked for Ada County Nursing Home and American Linen in Boise, Idaho.

In 1967, Velma married Glenn Mathias in Boise, Idaho. They resided in Caldwell, Idaho for 5 years before moving to Boise, Idaho to live next door to Velma's mom and brother, upon learning they were going to have a baby. Glenn and Velma had a daughter, Fay, in 1973. Glenn passed away, unexpectedly, in 1996.

Velma then started staying with Scott and Fay for longer and longer periods of time until Scott and Fay moved to Nyssa, Oregon and moved Velma into their home in 2003, where she had an apartment attached to their home. Velma remained in their home and was (lovingly) cared for by her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Heart n Home Hospice and Palliative Care was a great help in the last four months of Velma's life.

Velma enjoyed embroidery work, shopping and ironing in her earlier years. Velma choose to serve God during her high school years. She enjoyed fellowship with many different ones in the places she lived. She thoroughly enjoyed listening to her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren play various instruments and sing the hymns.

Survivors include her daughter, Fay and son-in-law, Scott of Nyssa, Oregon; granddaughter, Becky, of Laramie, Wyoming; grandson, Ryan, of Laramie, Wyoming; granddaughters, Anita and Kristy of Nyssa, Oregon; twin brother, Elmer and sister-in-law, Mildred, of Boise, Idaho; sister-in-law, Mina Keoltzow of Golden, Colorado; sister-in-law, Lila Mathias, of St. James, Minnesota; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Velma was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; her parents, Walter and Burnice; her parents-in-law, Henry and Ruth; a half-brother and sister-in-law, Sedford and Mary Lou; half-sister, Donie; four brothers-in-law, two sisters-in-law, a niece and two nephews, several aunts and uncles.

Thank-you to Heart n Home Hospice and Palliative Care.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 Fairview Ave., Boise. A viewing will be held from 12:00 noon until the service. A committal service will follow at Cloverdale Cemetery, Boise.
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