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Zona Velma Shepard Elder
Birth: Feb. 17, 1895
Wright
Ford County
Kansas, USA
Death: Jul. 8, 1997
Wright
Ford County
Kansas, USA

February 17, 1895, Zona Velma Elder was born to Gilbert and Martha Shepard on Martha's 30th birthday. Gilbert had to go on horseback 3 miles thru deep snow to get two neighbor ladies to attend to Martha at birth. Velma lived in the same house at Wright, Kansas at the time of her death in 1997. As children, Velma and her sister Stella attended Fairview School about a mile from the Shepard house. Velma went on to high school on Boot Hill. She worked her way through school by rooming and boarding in several different homes. While attending high school, Velma met Fred Elder, a fireman for the railroad. Velma taught school 3 years. On May 10, 1928, Velma and Fred were married. They made their home in Pratt, Kansas for 37 years. Fred quit railroading when a strike was called. He and Velma ran the Gem Cafe for three years. They operated a dairy known as Fred K. Elder's Valley View Dairy, on the edge of Pratt for many years. They had three children: Jessie, Freddie and Rosalyn. Martha was alone on the farm at Wright and as she grew older she needed help. Fred brought the dairy herd from Pratt and took care of Martha's cattle as well as the dairy herd. Velma and Rosalyn followed later. Fred passed away in 1955 and Martha passed away in 1963. Velma and Rosalyn continued to operate the farm until Velma's death July 8, 1997. 
 
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 Parents:
  Gilbert Ferdinand Shepard (1863 - 1950)
  Martha Ann Kifer Shepard (1865 - 1963)
 
 Spouse:
  Frederick Kenneth (Weiler) Elder (1885 - 1955)
 
 Children:
  Jessie LaVerne Elder Covey (1919 - 2008)*
  Frederick Kenneth Elder (1930 - 2012)*
  Neola Rosalyn Elder (1932 - 1999)*
 
 Sibling:
  Lona Stella Shepard Foster (1892 - 1986)*
  Zona Velma Shepard Elder (1895 - 1997)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Maple Grove Cemetery
Dodge City
Ford County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Lot 2 Block 73 Div 10
 
Created by: Cherry Lea
Record added: Jun 08, 2012
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Zona Velma <i>Shepard</i> Elder
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I will always remember Sis Elder...a woman of strong faith in Jesus Christ, quiet, powerful, generous and faithful. She brought us fresh cream, milk and homemade butter every Sunday and tithed her first born calves. We might have not been so well fed had ...(Read more)
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 Added: Oct. 22, 2012
Grandma, You are always in our hearts. Love,
- Cherry
 Added: Oct. 21, 2012

- Saralyn McAfee Smith
 Added: Jun. 11, 2012
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