Velma Cordell died April 7, 2013, after a lengthy illness.
She resided in La Plata, Md. with her youngest daughter, Alicia Cordell and three granddaughters, Michaela (14), Victoria (12) and Cecilia (10). She is also survived by her oldest daughter, Pamela Swearingen and Allan, of El Paso, Texas; grandchildren, Kenna Stubbs and Clint Swearingen and great-grandchildren, Jayme (15), Allan (5), Gavin (5 months), Trevor (9) and Samantha (3). In addition, she is survived by her brothers, Dudley Welch, of Farmington and Frank Welch, of Lindrith.
She was preceded in death by her four sisters, Gwendolyn, Evelyn, Annie and Carol, brother, Charles and her parents, Ivena and W.D. Welch.
Velma was born June 16, 1934, on the family farm near Lindrith, to Ivena Cora (Dargitz) and W.D. Welch.
She worked for Mountain Bell Telephone Company as an operator where she met Edward Cordell. They were married in Feb. 1954. They lived in Artesia and Farmington until they bought a farm on Southside River Drive in Aztec in 1965. They raised their family and were active in the community. Ed preceded Velma in death in Aug. 1993.
Velma graduated from San Juan Basin Beauty College in 1970. She worked for Navajo Methodist Mission and Safeway. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Aztec. She was an avid reader, devoted grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed painting and was accomplished seamstress. Velma was a woman of strong faith who lived as she believed. She touched everyone in her life with her generosity, love and selflessness. Her family will celebrate her life with a memorial service 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at the First Baptist Church in Aztec.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to your local hospice.
Published in Farmington Daily Times from June 25 to July 5, 2013