Velma Phyllis Cleveland passed from this earth on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, in Farmington and her family never left her side. Velma was born March 30, 1938, in Fort Defiance, Ariz. She was of the Mountain Cove People (Dzilth'lani) and born for Salt (Ashihi) Clan.
She joins her beloved daughter, Cheryl Cleveland; grandson, Brian A. McKim and her father and mother, Nat Curley Sr. and Ora Lee Chatter Curley. Velma married Hugh Cleveland Jr. in 1955, at Christ the King Catholic Church, in Shiprock.
She leaves behind six children, Gwen McKim, Elaine Cleveland-Mason, Darrell Cleveland, Karen Hetrick, Gayle Maruffo-Cleveland, and Gabriel Cleveland; also many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who loved her dearly.
Velma was a caring devoted and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She put her family first, and she was always there for everyone. She was the pillar of her family and her sweet personality touched everyone she knew. Her image was delicately dainty, yet she was the strongest and toughest woman who kept her family together, even in death; a true spirit of God. She will never be forgotten by all of us who loved her.
A rosary and viewing will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 414 N. Allen Ave. in Farmington.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, also at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Farmington.
Velma's care is entrusted to Cope Memorial Chapel, 404 W. Arrington St. in Farmington, 505-327-5142. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.