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From: "Peter_McCrae" <>
Subject: SAWYER: Velma Velora Weaver Sawyer-22/2/2004>usa\co
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2005 22:45:07 -0000


Headline: Velma Velora Sawyer (Weaver) [OBITUARY]
Date/Pub/Sec: 2/25/2004, Gazette, Metro 4:5 [FULL TEXT]
Buried: Evergreen Cemetery
Died On: 2/22/2004


VELMA VELORA SAWYER

Velma Velora Sawyer was born June 29, 1930, near Ellicott, Colorado to John
Benton and Edna Viroqua Weaver. She passed surrounded by family on February
22, 2004.
Velma served our country from 1949 through 1950, as a radio operator in the
USAF. While stationed at McCord AFB, Velma met and married the love of her
life, Dean (Buzz) Warren Sawyer. With the loss of Buzz in 1961, Velma's life
changed forever. Raising their three children, Velma worked at Ent AFB
commissary as a cashier, and later, Peterson AFB as a staff car driver. She
also owned and operated the Cripple Creek Motel from 1968 through 1971.
Velma's kindness and generosity to others was a way of life. Volunteering at
Will Rogers Elementary School in the Head Start Program, Vice President of
the Pikes Peak Towers council, serving meals to others at the Towers weekly
and the Acacia Hotel monthly, gardening and caring for birds were among her
deeds.
Velma Velora will be remembered by her three children, Veldean Petri (Kirk
Myers), Laura (Bob) Schalk, Patrick (Melissa) Sawyer; four w o n d e r f u l
grandchildren, Alicia (Brian Pauly) and Elliott Petri, Ian and Abigail
Sawyer; two great danes, Maggie and Fergie Schalk. As well, Velma leaves
behind a bouquet of precious friends, old and new, and most especially her
friend of more than forty years, Ada Crowhurst.
Velma's gift to her family and friends was her choice to live her last days
with dignity and courage. Her strength and grace inspiring each one of us.
God bless and keep you, Dear Heart.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 27, 2004, at 1:00 p.m., at
Swan Law Cascade Chapel, with a reception immediately following.
Interment with full military honors will be at 3:00 p.m., at Evergreen
Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to: Pikes Peak Hospice, 825 E. Pikes Peak Avenue,
Ste. 600, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.


Mrs. Sawyer








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