Velma Goldie Potter Lindsey was born to James Henry Potter and Nellie Mae Berg Potter on September 7, 1921 in Valley, Oklahoma. She walked or rode her pony to a country school in Valley through the eighth grade. For one year she went to high school in Meramac, OK and then transferred to Cleveland High School where she graduated in 1938. After high school she attended college at OSU for two years. Her business career began in Pawnee at the soil conservation office. She moved to Perry to work for the State of Oklahoma Highway Department in the bookkeeping department. On January 4th, 1948 Velma married her school days sweetheart, Daniel Richard (Dick) Lindsey after he returned from serving in the US Air Force. They were married at Pawnee Christian church parsonage by Rev. Clarence Saint.
During her career Velma was very proud of having served the people of Perry as City Treasurer for five elected terms. She worked at Halliburton, Elliott Construction, Exchange Bank, McNeil and Shahan, Buddy Warner Construction and C and L Oil Company.
Velma lived most of her adult life in Perry, OK where she was a member of the First Christian Church. She served as a Sunday school teacher and held many offices in the Ladies Guild. She was active in many aspects of church life including cooking for Rotary dinners. She had also attended the Lighthouse Christian Center where she served as secretary, teacher and board member. Velma lived her life based on her religious beliefs of kindness to all.
Velma served as a community volunteer with several organizations. She was active with the Oklahoma Blood Institute for over 20 years in Perry and would travel to other towns to assist wherever she was needed. She was recognized for her dedication with the Lifetime Achievement award in 2009.
Velma was also an active volunteer at the Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for over twenty two years. She served as coordinator for Candy Stripers, as assistant gift shop manager and as gift shop manager. In 1998 she was recognized for her commitment to PMH with the Volunteer of The Year Award.
Velma volunteered for many other projects in Perry including the Tree of Lights, the Christmas Village, Operation Blessing, Friends and Neighbors, annual bazaars and health fairs. She was often helping at Green Valley Nursing Home and Perry Nursing Home.
A member of Xi Epsilon Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi she was recognized as Woman of The Year in 2009 for her many contributions to the community.
At home Velma enjoyed cooking and was known for creating her own recipes. She loved working in her garden, often sharing flowers with friends and neighbors. In her spare time she expressed her creative side through sewing and crafts. In their younger days, Velma and Dick could be seen on weekends boating and skiing on Perry lake.
During her illness Velma has told family and friends that she has had a long and wonderful life and she couldn't ask for more.
Services will be at First Christian Church of Perry on Saturday, December 31 at 11:00 am with Rev. Jim McCool and Rev. Don Bryant officiating. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Pawnee, OK. Arrangements entrusted to Brown-Dugger Funeral Home of Perry. Friends may call from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm Friday, December 30 at the funeral home and one hour before at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Perry, Medical Research or the America Cancer Foundation.
Velma Lindsey is survived by: nephew Dr. Alan Keith Potter and wife Kelly and their three children, nephew Steven Potter and his wife Debbie and their five children, nephew Jim Potter and his wife Wanda and their two children, nephew Robert Lindsey and his wife Jennifer and their son, nephew Ben Novak and his wife Susan, niece Claudia Foote, niece Melody Boyington and a host of wonderful friends.
The family wishes to thank Perry Memorial Hospital and every person who contributed to Velma's care during the last few months. Special thanks to all the friends who prepared food, drove her to the many doctors appointments and to everyone who reached out to her in kindness and friendship. Messages of condolence or special remembrances may be left at www.brown-duggerfuneralhome.com