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Velma May Archer went home to meet her Savior and loved ones Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

A memorial service honoring Velma’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 12351 Oak Grove Road S., Burleson, Texas 76028.

Velma was born Jan. 3, 1928, to Fred and Alice Vanderleest of Denver, Colorado.  In the 1940s she joined western riding clubs and performed in rodeo shows. In 1954 She married Merlin (Lucky) Watson Archer. They lived in Brighton, Colorado, Edson, Kansas, and, later, Sweet Home, Texas, where they raised cattle and horses. Velma took on the challenge of raising four children after the couple divorced. She worked as a bookkeeper at Hagan’s Feedlot and then at the Yoakum Gin and Feed Store and eventually became Vice-President and stock owner.  She bought a 35 acre ranch, raised cattle and horses, and retired in 1990. Velma was self-sufficient until the age of 82 when she moved to Burleson, Texas, to live with her daughter, Nancy, and son-in-law, Tom Sevier. She remained there until her death at age 90.

Velma's passions included ranching, gardening, birdwatching, photography, sewing, and woodcarving.

Velma and her children attended Faith Baptist Church in Yoakum, Texas, where she came to know the Lord as her personal Savior.

Her honesty, strong work ethic, love of nature, her determination, strong morals, quick wit, generosity and love for her children and friends will be greatly missed.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Gene and Alvin Vanderleest; and grandson, Arik Archer.

Survivors include her children, Ann McGrew, Nancy and Tom Sevier, Dan and Ruth Archer, and Tam and Pam Archer; grandchildren, Keni McMurtry, Matt Sevier, Adam Brumbalow, Alia Archer, Danny Archer, Ian Archer, Ava Archer, Randall Archer, Cody Archer, Delanie Archer, Chelsea Clapp and Tyler Clapp.

Mountain Valley Funeral Home, in Joshua, is handling the arrangements. 817-426-3200. 

Burleson Star

327 N.W. Renfro St.
PO Box 909
Burleson, TX 76028-0909

Phone: 817-295-0486
FAX: 817-295-5278



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