Velma Lee Loper 87, of Ardmore, Okla. passed away, August 18, 2020 at the Mercy Hospital in Ardmore. She was born on June 27, 1933 in Lamesa, Texas to the late Elmer Sipes and Mary Brown Sipes.
Velma was raised in Snyder, Texas before moving to Hobbs, N.M. in 1959. She married William Robert “Bob” Loper on June 26, 1950 in Lovington, N.M. and he preceded her in death on November 23, 1992. In 1974, Velma moved to Mannsville where she lived the rest of her life.
Velma worked at Bill’s Café, JC Penny’s. and worked as a Nannie for the Goddard Family. She also worked at the Ardmore McDonalds for nine years. Velma was a member of the Mannsville Assembly of God church and attended New Hope Freewill Baptist Church in Lone Grove.
She enjoyed working puzzles, watching the Hallmark Channel and old westerns. Velma loved her church family, animals (cats) and her greatest love was her family.
She is survived by her children; Robert Loper and wife Sheryl of Fort Worth, Texas, Dennis Loper and wife Penny of Kingston, Okla., Helen Goates of Little City, Okla., and Donia Farris and husband Sam of Lone Grove, Okla., 19 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren.
Velma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son: Donald Lee Loper, one brother and one sister.
Visitation was held Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the Watts Funeral Home in Madill, Okla. from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a family hour from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Funeral services were Friday, August 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mannsville Assembly of God Church in Mannsville, Okla. David Gardner officiated the service. Interment was at the Lone Cedar Cemetery in Mannsville, Oklah. Services were under the direction of Watts Funeral Home in Madill, Okla. Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.
Casket bearers were Ian O’Neal, Tanner O’Neal, Connor O’Neal, Tony Bryan, Coy Goats and Chad Griffin.