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A2 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, September 5, 2013 People Velma Jean Zeller Sanders 1931-2013 Velma Jean Zeller Sand- ers, 81, Of Stillwater, Oklahoma passed away on August 24, 2013. She was born on Novem- ber 29, 1931 in Keats, Kansas to Kenneth and Lois Zeller. On March 26, 1950, Velma was united in mar- riage to Harold Thomas "Tom" Sanders in Onega, Kansas. They have five children together. Velma worked in sales and management for Avon from 1958 until 1977 before becoming co-owner of Countryside Studios where she pursued her love of art. She was a very accomplished artist who won many awards for her oil paintings. She served as president and officer for the Stillwater Art Guild and was a member of the Ponca City Art Guild. Velma took a very active role in her church commu- nity throughout her life. She was a member of The Order of the Daughters of the King and the Order of SaintJLuke the Physician where she served as con- vener in Oklahoma. At St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Velma led the prayer and healing ministries, was a Lay Eucharistic Minister, and sang in the choir for many years. She was also the first female member of the Toast Masters Guild of Stillwater and a member of the Stillwater Mineral :: &Gem Society. ..... . :: :,.She:is survived by her husband, Harold Thomas Sanders, of Stillwater; five children: Irene and spouse John Cook of Lulu, Florida, John and spouse Becky Sanders of Morri- son, Oklahoma, Kathleen Akin of Austin, Texas, Leland "Lee" and spouse Evelyn Sanders of Stillwa- ter, Oklahoma, and Teresa and spouse Tim Richmond; twelve grandchildren: Kari and spouse Kenneth Mayon, Stacy and spouse Bob Fuchs, Kimberly Bunger, Joshua Kopren, Leslie and spouse Scott Terrell, Shaun and spouse Tasha Sand- ers, Sarah and spouse Darren Grissom, Laura and spouse Joshua Whitfield, Kristie and spouse David Mendenhall, Heather Sand- ers, Stephanie and spouse GK Rossander, Michael and spouse Anne Sanders, and Chase Sanders; fif- teen great-grandchildren: Jacqueline, Maddison, Vincent, Brianna, Kyrin, Grace, Libby, Bailey, Aidan, Kent, Mary, Mat- thew, Grace, Zoie and Preston; two brothers: Frederick Earl Zeller and Melvin Zeller and their families; two sisters: Marjorie Thompson and Marilyn Brown and their families; and the family of Glenn Zeller. She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Zeller; mother, Lois Zeller; brother, Glenn Zeller; son, Mark Sanders; and great- grandchild, Cameron. Her funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m. on Sat- urday, August 31, 2013 at St. Andrews Epsicopal Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma with Reverend James Cook officiating. Strode Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. HARPER Continued from Page A1 a little uncomfortable. But, as I thought about it, I decided that this would be an opportunity for me to say thank you to the people of Perkins. I can't think of another person or family that has been blessed as much as my family and we owe all of our blessings to the wonderful people in this great little community!" She came to Perkins in October 1959 as a single mother with three chil- dren - Bobby (9), Blaine (6), and Belinda (4). "I searched high and low in Stillwater for a place to live with my three kids but no one would rent me a house or apartment," she said. "When I started my search for a home in Perkins, I was welcomed with open arms by Rich and Rose Grimm who operated Grimm's Cafe on Main Street. They had some rental proper- BURCH Continued from Page A1 stating this is f ...... b ...... -- the police are here over those f. ...... rims again," the affidavit sad. "Courtney got off her cell phone and continued to interrupt every time we would try to explain what was going on. Courtney was cussing and upset," so the police chief and officer left, the affidavit said. Her husband subse- quently told the police chief "Courtney didn't steal any rims and that she scrapped some rims he gave her," the affidavit said. He first told the chief four rims, and when advised that five rims Condolences may be sent were stolen, "he changed to the family and an obitu- his story to five rims," the ary viewed byvisiting affidavit alleged. # strodefh.com. . "This conflicts, with the In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church in memory of Velma Sanders at 516 W. 3rd Ave, Stillwa- ter, OK 74074. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. John Williams, Dr. Arthur Hagan, Dr. Tom Smith, Cheryl Booten, Pearl Brown and Judith Karman Hospice for their faithful care. initial contact I had with Courtney where she stated she never scrapped any rims and that she quit scrap- ping," the officer wrote in his affidavit. Later, a Perkins man arrived with his father at the Perkins Police Station to talk to the officer, the affidavit said. The Perkins man said that Burch had come to his resi- dence and had seen the rims behind Harris 66 service sta- ties and rented me a two- room house on East 2nd Street." "The first year, while I was busy getting started in my beauty shop, Belinda stayed with me during the day. Again, everyone up and down Main Street pitched in to help raise her, including Ann Spillars, at Sager's Cleaners. Mrs. Henry, who owed a dry goods store in the middle of the block, would come and get Belinda almost every day. She'd say, "Belinda, you need to come to the store and see Aunt Cecil for a while". Mrs. Baker, who ran the Motel across the street (where PCB is now), would take Belinda to the motel and let her color and play the piano in her house for hours at a time. Of course, Belin- da' s buddy, Delmar Niles, who owned Delmar's Grocery Store (one block north and then eventually next door to the Beauty Shop), frequently kept her busy in the store. Among other chores, Delmar and Bob would let her stamp the prices on cans and even help in the meat department when she went over to visit them at the store. Occasionally, I would need a loan for operating costs or personal matters and I would go see Mr. Butler at the bank. Del- bert Butler was president of the bank and he would tell me, 'Sis, you go get what you need, then come in and we'll take care of it." I remember Felsa Hastings always making me feel welcome at the bank and of course Lenora West, also a bank employee, who became one of my loyal custom- ers for many years. In 1967, she mar- ried John Harper, a long-time professional race horse trainer for Lee and C.L. Kirk, and other race horse owners in Oklahoma and around the country. "With the addition of Johnie, we only thought the trailer house got smaller," Harper said. "But then Lisa Harper was born. If you're counting, that's six people living in an 8' X 37' trailer but it didn't bother anyone -life was good. "I want to thank the people in this commu- nity, both past and pres- ent, for all of the bless- ings that you have given me and my family. Over the years, I have learned that a Big City and Big House does not make a home. Those bigger things can't compare to the home that this small community has provided for me and my family. Perkins is our home and always will be, and by the way, you've all helped me raise some good kids - Thank You!" tion, the affidavit said. He said "Courtney (Burch) wanted him to steal the rims, store them, and she would scrap them, and split the money with him," the affidavit alleged. He said he told her no and the next day the rims were gone, the affidavit alleged. He said that he had previ- ously gone with her several times scrapping including "into Lincoln County around the back roads of Carney scrapping stuff people didn't want left from the tornado," the affidavit alleged. He said they scrapped a hood off a woman's property, which he said he thought they had permis- sion to take, the affidavit alleged. He said he knew that they did not have pemfi.'ssion to take rims from the service station -- which he said he would not do "because the owner is the landlord over their house," the affidavit alleged. According to court records, three years ago Burch was charged with possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, along with possessing metham- phetamine, drug parapherna- lia and the prescription drug, alprazolam, all on May 21, 2010, in Perkins. In that case, Burch pleaded guilty in 2011 to the four-count charge and was placed on 10 years' proba- tion, court records show. In August of 2006, Burch was accused of hitting a female Payne County jailer in the chest with her fists, for which she was placed on five years' probation in 2007 and ordered to serve 10 days in CREC jail, court records show. Three months earlier, Burch had been charged with hitting a male Still- water police officer in the shoulder and arms in May of 2006, court records show. That felony charge was reduced by the prosecution to obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor for which she was placed on probation for one year, court records show. Continued from Page A1 to their families, and that is a message that cannot be emphasized enough." Tebow said meeting par- ticipants included CREC and contract line con- safety handouts and the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives Safety Manual. "We had very positive feedback," Tebow said of the seminar attendees. stmction and maintenance "Safety is Something we crews, rightLof-way Crews, staking crews, safety coor- dinators and oil and gas producers. Information presented included CREC yard safety requirements, safety regulations and inspection processes. Par- ticipants were also given take very seriously and we don't want to overlook." Headquartered in Still- water, CREC is a not-for- profit electric cooperative that serves more than 18,000 members in seven central Oklahoma coun- ties. 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