Velma Gertrude Sanders

Velma Gertrude Sanders, 88, of College Station passed away Monday at the College Station Medical Center. She was born December 23, 1918 in the Peach Creek Community. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Callaway-Jones Chapel, with the Rev. Bruce Chabot officiating. Interment will follow at Peach Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home.

She graduated from A-M Consolidated High School in 1937 and the Jefferson School of Nursing in Houston in 1941. She served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps from April 1942 to June 1943. After her military service, she was employed from March 1944 to November 1945 at both the Bryan Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan. In 1948, she accompanied her husband to Ankara, Turkey, and was worked furnishing nursing services to people employed by the British Embassy.

In 1953, while her husband was assigned to the Azores Air Transport Station, she assisted with the care of wounded members of the French Foreign Legion who were being evacuated by U.S. Air Force Aeromedical Teams to French possessions in Africa following the fall of French Indo-China to the Communist regime.

She also was employed at the St. Bernadines Hospital in San Bernardino, Calif., and at the Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. While in Alaska in 1965 and 1966, she volunteered to assist with the care of wounded military personnel being transported by Aeromedical Aircraft from Vietnam to the United States.

Survivors include her husband, Eldon Sanders; son, Larry K. Sanders of Paonia, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia L. and Philip T. Jordan of College Station; grandchildren, Trudi Lyn and Doug Reynolds of Yorktown, Va., Eric and Shelly Jordan of League City, Mary Lee and Matt Helbig of Raleigh, N.C., Kipp and Elisa Sanders of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Dane and Michelle Sanders of Denver, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Marlee Nicole Reynolds and Patricia Reynolds, both of Yorktown, Va., Sally Louise Sanders, Clara Sanders and Rhett Sanders, all of Cheyenne, Wyo, Cassidy Jordan, Colby Jordan and Carly Jordan of League City and Tarn Sanders of Denver, Colo.; sister and brother-in-law, Alva Barker and Herbert J. West Jr.; sister-in-law, Ina Mae Barker and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o Brazos Valley Shrine Club, P.O. Box 3294, Bryan, Texas 77805.


  1. Our hearts and prayers go out to your family!.. we sure love you and our thoughts are with you during this time. At our lodge meeting last night we passed along the information, alot of wonderful times were remembered and shared. She was a fantastic person who will live long in so many beautiful memories.

  2. Thinking of your family with love and
    prayers during this time of sadness.
    May God bring you comfort and strenght
    in the days ahead.

  3. My heartfelt condolences to the family at this time. I hope that all goes well and that your loved ones have a safe trip home.

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