Velma Basler

Monday, March 21, 2005

FESTUS, Mo. -- Velma L. Basler, 91, of Festus, formerly of Cape Girardeau, died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at Crystal Oaks Skilled Nursing Center in Crystal City, Mo.

She was born March 25, 1913, in Hugo, Colo., daughter of Benjamin Frank and Alma Schnetzler Mott. She and George John Basler were married. He died Oct. 16, 1996.

Basler was a Stanley Home Products distributor and a longtime Sunday school teacher. At First Baptist Church she worked with "Crystal Mission," taught Children's Church and was training union superintendent. At Lynwood Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau she taught the Mission Friends children's group.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Lou Brunkhorst of Cape Girardeau, Jackie Michael of Festus; a son, George Franklin Basler of St. Louis; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother.

Friends may call at Vinyard Funeral Home in Festus from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday; then at 9 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Festus-Crystal City.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with Odell Beauchamp and the Rev. Terry Michael officiating. Burial will be in Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens at Crystal City.