Velma Mae Caster, of Medford, Ore., passed away quietly on January 10, 2011. She was born to Jessie Mae and Lawrence E. Newton on Janury 29, 1921, in Drain, Ore., and spent her childhood years in Canyonville, Ore.
She moved with her mother to the Rogue Valley when she was 12 years old and attended Medford High School, where she graduated in 1938. She married Orville O. Caster on June 19, 1943, in Medford. After World War II, they lived first at Crater Lake, then moved to Phoenix, Ore., where they raised their four sons.
Velma was a member of the Eastwood Baptist Church in Medford. She had volunteered at Wilson Elementary School and the Juvenile Detention facility as a tutor. She loved playing the piano, hunting and camping with her family and time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchidlren. Following Orville's retirement in 1978, they visited all 50 of the United States, New Zealand, Australia, New Guinea, Italy, Fiji, and enjoyed a Panama Canal cruise as well as other
She is survived by three sons, Terry J. (Debbie) Caster and Kim S. (Tracy) Caster, both of Central Point, and Barton R. (Sherrie) Caster of Orland, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Velma was preceded in death by her husband, Orville; and their eldest son, Chester L. Caster.
A celebration of life service will be held at Fountain Plaza Retirement Community, at 1441 Morrow Road, in Medford, on Saturday, January 29, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army and Providence Hospice.