was educator, longtime VC resident and garden club member
June 13, 1918 – October 4, 2018
Velma Evelyn West passed away October 4, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma while attending her late husband’s WWII reunion, the 483rd Bombardment Group (H) Association. Velma was born June 13, 2018 in Lamar, Colorado. She was the third child of Dennis and Floy Walker. She had two older brothers and a younger sister.
Velma Walker graduated early from high school with honors and dreamed of going to college, but the family could not afford to send her. A friend of the family that was a native of Lamar but lived in Pasadena, California was visiting and wondered why Velma was not in college.
This friend went to her parents and asked if she could take Velma back to California with her to attend Pasadena College (the forerunner of Point Loma Nazarene University) and promised she would find Velma a job and watch over her. This event changed the course of Velma’s life for this is where she met and married her husband of 64 years, H. Keith West. Velma graduated in 1940 Summa Cum Laude.
In 1952, Mrs. West was approached by the principal of the elementary school to consider teaching for the school was in need of teachers. She taught on a provisionary credential until she was able to earn her elementary credential. She taught grades 2 through 6. She later became a curriculum consultant for the Garden Grove Unified School District. She received her master’s degree, again with honors, from Long Beach State University and became an elementary school principal. She and Keith took early retirement and moved to Valley Center, California in 1976.
Retirement didn’t last very long for Keith & Velma West because they began teaching in the Distance Continuing Education program of Azusa Pacific. Mrs. West later became the Coordinator for the program in San Diego.
The couple was active in the Dos Valles Garden Club and Mrs. West became a master floral designer, flower show judge and teacher of floral design. She also started the Design Forum which is still in existence.
Mrs. West was very creative and was involved not only in floral design, but also enjoyed porcelain painting, Chinese brush painting, oil painting, knitting, crocheting, needle point and creating Fabergé type eggs.
Velma West was all about people and relationships and helping others achieve their best. She cherished her family, her friends, and her church. She is survived by her two children, 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 4, 10 a.m. at Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido. Contributions can be made in Velma’s memory to Point Loma Nazarene University.