ELKHART – Velma B. Littrel Roberts, 77, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Morton County Hospital.
She was born on June 16, 1932, to Lloyd and Opal Littrel in Chadron Neb.
She married Wayne Roberts Nov. 12, 1952, in Chadron. He survives.
She worked at a bank and taught elementary school. In 1966, the family assumed ownership of the El Rancho Motel. From 1966 to 1980, she operated and managed motels in Childress, Texas, McPherson, Guymon, Okla., and two different motels with restaurants in Elkhart. Between motel ventures, she owned and operated the Ju-Lees Dress Shop, and a baby gift shoppe called “Grammys.” At one given time she was operating two motels and restaurants in Elkhart, a motel in Guymon and 14 rental properties.
She enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids, short road trips with Wayne, baking cookies, sewing and scrapbooking.
Other survivors include daughters, Lori and Jay D. Coen and Julie and Gary Talbert, Elkhart, two brothers, Charles and Donnie Littrel Chadron, grandchildren, Dusty and Tracy Fowler, Turpin, Okla., Michelle and Brett Flory, Wichita, Robyn and Brice Kadel, Colorado Springs, Colo., Nick and Kory Fowler, Scott City, Jace Coen, Joplin, Mo., Marci Priest, Oklahoma City, and Landon Coen, Manhattan, and great-grandchildren, Brooke Cooper, Braxton Fowler, Reagan Fowler and Riley Fowler.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, her parents and one brother, Melvin.
o Graveside service were at 2 p.m. today at Elkhart Cemetery with Pastor Jim Cunningham and Pastor Ron Wilson presiding.
There will be no public visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to “Grammy’s Kids” for underprivileged children or Whistle Stop Park both in care of Garnand Funeral Home P.O. Box 854 Elkhart, KS 67950.