Velda F. Tucker of Grand Junction died July 8, 2017. She was 88.
Velda F. Turner was born in the back of her grandparents' grocery store in Stonewall, Okla., on Dec. 25, 1928, to Clay and Addie (Williams) Turner. She spent her childhood in Lubbock, Texas, and graduated from Lubbock High School. She received a bachelor of science degree in education from Harding College in Searcy, Ark.
After teaching in several schools in the panhandle of Texas, she married Jan L. Tucker, a former student, and moved to Aspen in 1960. There, Mrs. Tucker taught school before buying the "old" Snowmass Store and Post Office. She ran the store and gas station and served as postmaster. She and Mr. Tucker divorced in 1995 and Mrs. Tucker retired to Grand Junction.
She enjoyed bowling, quilting, playing good-natured practical jokes, spending time with family and friends, jigsaw puzzles, watching the Nuggets, Broncos and Rockies, and volunteering for HopeWest. The highlight of her year was hosting family Christmas.
She is survived by three daughters, Pam Tucker of Grand Junction, Kim (Jeff) Guthrie-Burch of Delta, and Cindy (Jet) Tucker-Davis of Glenwood Springs; grandchildren, Levi (Darcy) VanPelt of Grand Junction and Allie Guthrie of Delta; great-grandchildren, Levi and Carter VanPelt and Sunny Guthrie; sister, Etie (L.D.) Phillips of Lubbock, Texas; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Turner of Lubbock, Texas; and extended family.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harlan Turner and Morris Turner; and her former husband, Jan.
At her request, no services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to HopeWest, PO Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements.