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Velma Lou (Bass) Schroeder

Velma Lou (Bass) Schroeder, age 96, passed away October 1, 2017, at Westview Care Facility in Derby, Kansas. Services were held Wednesday, October 4, at Faith Lutheran Church in Derby. Velma Lou's life was entirely about the children: her own two, her four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, the kids at church, and any child she met along the way. She never met a child she didn't want to hug.Velma was born February 10, 1921 to Oania Lloyd Bass and Lou Vesta Hodge Bass in Piedmont, OK. She was the youngest of five children at the time until her mother passed away when she was 5. Then four more children were born into her father's second family.She left home at the age of 14 and worked for local families taking care of their children, sewing, helping with milking, cooking and cleaning homes so she could graduate from high school.She was baptized in February of 1938 and finished high school in Piedmont, Oklahoma in 1938.She married Frank C. Schroeder on November 12, 1941, in Okarche, Oklahoma, and was confirmed in the Lutheran Church on May 11, 1942. To this marriage a daughter, Carol, was born on August 20, 1942, and a son, Tom on September 5, 1944.Besides being a mother - which was her most cherished job - she was one of the earliest members of Faith Lutheran Church in Derby, Kansas, joining in 1958, and her life beyond her family was centered around children and her church service. She was a member of the Lutheran's Women's Missionary League, Lutherans Chaplain's Auxiliary, Faith's Faithful, Rebecca and Ruth Circle, and she helped with Sunday School for many years. Most recently, she loved the Valentine's Supper and greeting people at the chicken noodle supper as the church's oldest member.In addition to all of her responsibilities, she also worked many years in retail sales at Hinkles in Park Lane, TG&Y in Derby, JC Penney and Dillard's.She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank C. Schroeder; her parents; several of her siblings; and numerous close friends. Her friendships were a vital part of her life.She is survived by daughter, Carol Burgess of Stapleton; and son, Tom F. Schroeder and Vivian of Chicago; grandson, Bradley G. Burgess and Eileen of Omaha; granddaughter, Nicole (Burgess) Badgley and Clifford of Oconto; granddaughter, Amy (Schroe-der) Cuevas and Martin of Chicago, IL; granddaughter, Robyn (Schroeder) Timmerman and Jeremy of Sandwich, IL; great-grandsons, Bryan Burgess and Carson Badgley; and great-granddaughters, Callyn Burgess, Emma Badgley, Laney Badgley, Anna Timmerman, Sara Timmerman, Lydia Cuevas, and Isabel Cuevas; brother, Orville Bass; and sister, Bobbi Dodgen of Oklahoma.Memorials are suggested to Faith Lutheran Church Children's Ministries.