Velma Louise Decker, age 97, of Yankton, South Dakota died on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Memorial services are 11:00 AM, on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Yankton with Reverend Ron Johnson officiating. An Eastern Star Service will also be provided by the Keystone Chapter No. 33. Inurnment will be at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Plainview, Nebraska. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.
Velma was the first born of Clyde Sr. and Thelma (Sidner) Robinson in Plainview, Nebraska. She was raised on the family farm, attended country school and graduated from Plainview High School. After graduating, she received her teaching certificate and taught in neighboring country schools in the Plainview area. Velma married David Decker on June 22, 1941 and they always claimed that it was his yellow roadster that caught her attention. They resided in Plainview until David began working for the Corps of Engineers at which time they followed the Missouri River from Fort Peck, Montana to their final home in Yankton, South Dakota. Velma was a wonderful mom to their four children: Teri, Steven, Richard and Jane and always had time for a game or two. Velma was an avid reader and loved to play cards, games, square dance, sew, knit, travel and spend time with family and many friends. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and a longtime member of Keystone Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, where she was a Past Worthy Matron and held many other offices through the years. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were, in her eyes, nearly perfect in every way.
Velma is survived by one daughter, Jane (Herb) Hornstra of Vermillion, SD; seven grandchildren: Stephanie (Cliff) Westbrook, Jamie (Alan) Garber, Matthew (Wendy) Bender, Melissa Zaug, Scott (Stacey) Decker, Joni (Todd) Ables, and Lori (Chris) Riggin; 21 great grandchildren; son-in-law, Gordon Parlet of Rapid City, SD; daughter-in-law, Kathy Decker of Sioux Falls, SD; two nieces; and two nephews.
Velma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David Decker on November 16, 2004; daughter, Teri Parlet; two sons, Steven and Richard Decker; daughter-in-law, Joanne; sister, Bonnie Wendt; and brother, Clyde Robinson.
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Velma was a wonderful patron here at the library for many years...she was funny and nice and will by missed by all who knew her.
Yankton Community Library Staff
I will sorely miss Velma. She and I often had toast and tea during the night shift. She often sought me out when I worked - kindred spirits I guess. I enjoyed her spunk!
So sorry to hear of Velma's passing, she was truly a joy to know! Our prayers are with you.
John & Pat Conger-Sweaney
We are so sorry. We visited Velma a couple weeks ago and she wasn't feeling well then. She was like my second Mom, as she grew up with my parents. When I was getting married, since my parents didn't live in Yankton anymore, I got dressed for our wedding at the Decker house! I always loved her as my second Mom too.
Marilyn & Merlin Lillie
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