Velma Louise Jefferson

Velma Jefferson

On May 24, 1946 in Trinity, TX. Our world was “Touched by An Angel” with the birth of Velma Louise Saldaña. She was a sweet, loving gift from God, given to Dorothy Saldana and T, Willis Simmons Sr.

Lou received her education in Trinity and Galveston Texas and acquired her high school diploma in Shreveport Louisiana. She also received nursing certification from Shreveport/Bossier Vocational/Technical School. She maintained dual licensure in Louisiana and Texas working as a hospital, ICU, long-term care facility and private duty nurse until retirement.

Lou was the proud mother of three sons; André, Adrian and Willie. She was a loving, firm but gentle mom who raised strong, hardworking and loving children. She instilled in them a good work ethic, always stressing the importance of doing their best at whatever they chose. Lou also instilled in her sons an unrelenting love of God and church, making sure they attended and participated in all activities provided by their church. Her sons learned by example what being a Christian really is. She was an excellent template for the Christian journey and spirit.

Awaiting her arrival on the “other side” are grandparents, Domingo and Elizabeth Saldaña; father T. Willis Simmons Sr.; sister and brother, Janice and T. Willis, Jr.; son, André D. Saldaña; nephews; Booker T. and Pernell Joseph, and Kevin Callis. Lovingly remembering her are sons; Adrian D. (Trudy) Saldaña and Willie (Loretta) Jefferson, mother, Dorothy Harris, sisters; LaJuanda Joseph and Chery Garrett (Donald), and Brother Larry Simmons, stepfather and stepsister, Henry Harris and Ethel Moore, grandchildren; Velma LaNette, Asia Danielle and Nicholas Derrell Saldaña, Donald Harris (DJ), and Tacora Durden, Antrany Durden, and Alecia White, great grandson, André Donald Saldaña (Mister), numerous loving nephews, nieces, cousins and special friend Diane Hill. Also celebrating her homegoing are nephews and nieces Dalon and Dorothy Saldaña, Paul Smith and Kaylyn Callis. Her dog Princess, whom she love dearly, will also mourn her passing.

Celebration services to be held at Avenue K Church of Christ, 5501 Ave. K, Galveston, TX. April 20, 2013 at 11 A.M. with public viewing at 9 to 10:45 A.M. Arrangements are entrusted to Carnes Funeral Home.

Velma’s family extends special thanks and appreciation to Dr. S. McClure and staff at Deke Slaton Cancer Center, doctors and staff at MD Anderson Cancer, Cody Freeman, Hospice Care Tech.