Velma Lucille McPherson |

Velma Lucille McPherson

Velma Lucille McPherson, of Rifle, Colo., died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale. She was 88.

She was born Aug. 13, 1913, in Colby, Kan., to Walter and Nancy Kingsbury.

She married Glenn James, and the couple moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., in the 1930s. They had three children.

After Mr. James’ death, she married George W. McPherson. The couple had one son.

Mrs. McPherson spent her life as a mother and worked as a cook at restaurants on the Front Range. After retirement, she moved to Rifle to be close to her family.

Whenever she had free time, she loved to fish from the banks of the Colorado River. She passed her love of fishing down through the generations. When her health limited her ability to fish, she spent time sharing her wisdom with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She left a legacy of love and generosity.

She was preceded in death by: both husbands; several siblings; son Larry James, of Oklahoma; and a great-grandchild.

Mrs. McPherson is survived by: daughters Marcia Wold, of Rifle, and Anita Carmack, of Winnigan, Mo.; son George McPherson, of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service was held for the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Roaring Fork Hospice, P.O. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.

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