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Velma Wynema (Chesser) Melton went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, June 15, 2020, in Norman, Oklahoma. Nema was born in Seminole, Oklahoma, to C. Lloyd and Cratie (Combs) Chesser on January 28, 1927. She was raised in Seminole with her sister Ola Mae and brother Donald. When Nema was a young girl her family’s house was attached to the back of the grocery store her parents owned and operated and she always had fond memories of being in the store. Nema graduated from Varnum High School and went on to attend OBU and OSU. In 1946, Nema met the love of her life, Owen, and on August 19, 1946, the two were married at the First Baptist Church of Seminole. They raised their four children, Rick, Linda, Melody and Doug in a loving and Christ-centered home.
Nema was very active at FBC Seminole throughout her life serving as a youth sponsor, WMU leader, VBS worker and adult choir member. She served on a number of committees and Nema and Owen led the young married Sunday School department for several years and had a strong spiritual impact on many lives. They thoroughly enjoyed opening their home for church fellowships and hosting visiting preachers for dinner. Nema was known for being a devoted follower of Christ as well as a supportive wife, loving mother, caring grandmother, great-grandmother and trustworthy friend. She had an incredible ability to cook comfort food and bake pies and always had a beautiful home, sharp wit and wonderful sense of humor. She enjoyed traveling in the United States and internationally, summer vacations (especially to Crested Butte), shopping and playing bridge.
After living in the Seminole area for more than 80 years, Nema and Owen moved to Oklahoma City and became active at Southern Hills Baptist Church where they enjoyed fellowship with the Navigators Sunday School Class, BALL Club and Jubilee Choir. Her family and church were very important to her and having Christ at the center of her life allowed her to care for others in a special way that made them feel loved. In 2006, the family suffered a great loss when Owen passed away. Nema missed him very much and spoke of him often. In recent years, the Lord continued to bless her with good health and a love for walking although her memory began to fade. Even when the dementia became severe, Nema always remembered her husband, the old grocery store, being raised in Seminole and the words and tunes of many hymns.
Nema was preceded in death by her husband, Owen, with whom she enjoyed 59 years of marriage; her parents, Lloyd and Cratie (Combs) Chesser; her mother- and father-in-law, Ruthe Elizabeth and Roscoe Lee Melton; her brother, Donald and his wife, Pat; and her brother-in-law, Bill Clark.
She is survived by her son, Rick Melton of Palm Springs, CA; her daughter, Linda Yerby and her husband, Paul, of The Woodlands, TX; her daughter, Melody Melton of Tulsa; her son, Doug Melton and his wife, Lana, of Oklahoma City; and her sister, Ola Mae Clark of Houston, TX.
Nema also is survived by one granddaughter and five grandsons: Erin Yerby of The Woodlands, TX; Jon Yerby and his wife, Alex, of Cedar City, UT; Drew Melton and his wife, Brittany, of West Palm Beach, FL; Zach Melton and his wife, Libby, of Shawnee, OK; Brandon Melton and his wife, Tayler, of Durham, NC; and Samuel Melton and his wife, Kenna, of Oklahoma City, OK.
She is survived by seven great-grandchildren: Kinlee, Owen, Walt, Beulah Wynema, Afton, Addi, and Murphy. She is also survived by many cousins, nephews and nieces and other family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.