Velma T. Altendorf Bishop, 98, of Independence died Monday at the Medicalodges Independence.
Graveside Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday May 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery, Independence with the Reverend Melton Jones officiating. Burial will follow the service under the direction of the Potts Chapel, Independence.
Visitation hours will be held Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Potts Chapel, Independence.
The family has suggested memorials to the Community Christian Church, Independence and contributions may be left at the Potts Chapel in Independence.
Velma was born June 4, 1915 in rural Liberty, Kansas the daughter of Nicholas and Mary Elizabeth Hare Altendorf. She grew up in Liberty and attended the Liberty School System.
On August 31, 1938 Velma was united in marriage to Ivan L. Bishop in Independence, Kansas. The couple made their home in Independence. Ivan Preceded Velma in death on July 25, 1997.
Velma worked for the Halsey Brothers Dry Good Store and the Cash Cleaners. In Independence and was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Sekan New Voice Club the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and AARP. Velma was Also a member of the Community Christian Church.
Survivors include one son Everett Bishop and granddaughter Krista Smith and great grandson Clayton Smith of Fort Worth, Texas. One brother Robert L. Altendorf of Scottsdale, AZ., two nieces, Rosalee Northway of Lake Winnebago, MO., Dolores Mangan of Tribune, KS., three nephews Royce Altendorf of Goddard, KS., Roger Altendorf of Wellington, KS., and Tim Altendorf of Denver, Co.,.
Velma was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim Altendorf, Leo Altendorf and Cecil Altendorf, three sisters Erma Rundell Altendorf ,Alyce Altendorf Sanders and Josephine Pedigo and three nephews, Harlow Altendorf, James J. Altendorf and Ronald Altendorf.
Velma was very active and energetic and loved life, she was a special lady and loved by all who knew her. She will be missed by her family and friends.