COMANCHE — Velma Carson, 79, of May, passed away in Brownwood Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. Graveside services, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Toliver Cemetery in Lamkin, TX with Bro. Steven Schulte officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. Please sign the register for Velma Carson at the funeral home or online at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net

 Velma was born Aug. 3, 1935, in Carbon, to Melvin and Velma (Johnson) Maynard. She attended school and graduated as Valedictorian of Carbon High School. Velma and Charles R. Carson were married in Barksdale on Dec. 25, 1953.

She loved to play softball and competed more than 25 years in the sport. In 1956, her team made it to the Women’s National Finals in Connecticut. Velma worked as a seamstress and owned her own business, working at home, making clothes, quilts, and taught the grandchildren to cross-stich, quilt, and embroidery. Velma was a May resident for 25-plus years and a member of the First United Methodist Church of May.

Velma loved playing all kinds of games, ‘42’, dominoes, and Wahoo with relatives, and going shopping with the grandkids and great-grandkids. She made time to cook, garden, can foods, and always had a “glass” of tea ready for when someone stopped by. Her cooking was used to help with fund raising for fire departments, baking cookies for the school, and making meals for the peanut farmers.

At the Oak Ridge Nursing Home, Velma had many friends and enjoyed being with them along with the staff, Rhonda, Barbara, Shirley, and Butch where she often visited about the Rangers, Cowboys, NASCAR or whatever else they could find to talk about. She hated to miss Bingo, enjoyed card making, the manicures and pedicures, and getting together for the once-a-month birthday parties.

Velma will be greatly missed as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and neighbor.

Velma is survived by daughter Carolyn Gibson and husband Richard of May; son, Billy Carson of Gorman; grandchildren, Brady Gibson of Keller, Dana Lorah and husband Erik of Bangs, Michael and Stacey Dinwiddie of Manor, Ga., and Thomas Carson of East Texas; great-grandchildren, Brian Gibson, Trevor and Sierra, and Peyton Lorah; brothers, Walter Maynard of Eastland, Gene Maynard of May, and Eldon Lee Maynard and wife Linda of Murphy.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Charles; grandson, Charles William; parents, Melvin and Velma Maynard; and brothers, Melvin, Marvin, and J.L. Maynard.

 In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be given to provide for funeral service assistance.