Velma Colville Smith, 97, died June 27, 2013, at Westminster Manor in Austin. Her memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Dallas at Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Ave., at noon in the Abby Chapel with interment following.
Velma was born on the Colville Farm near Hillsboro, March 28, 1916, to Mattie Bolton and Marty Colville. Her father came to Texas as a young boy with his parents and siblings in a covered wagon about 1890, having to ford the Red River and the Trinity River on the way. They settled in Hill County and farmed cotton. In 1910, he married Mattie Bolton. For his three children's transportation to the country school, Velma's father bought a horse, Daisy, from the circus in town. They were surprised to see that Daisy could dance and would dance unexpectedly, always finishing her routine before continuing the journey.
Velma attended SMU then graduated from The University of Texas majoring in business. In Austin, she met and married Alton Smith in 1939. Alton served in World War II twice, once in the Pacific, receiving a Purple Heart, and later in France. Velma moved to France before the end of the war, and afterward she and Alton traveled in Europe in a VW bug for several months. While living in Dallas for many years, Velma worked for the post office. After receiving his law degree from SMU, Alton opened his law practice in Dallas. Finally they moved to Austin, building and owning the very popular Steak and Ale on Anderson Lane. There was always a long line at lunch as many politicians and other citizens frequented the restaurant. Alton died in 1980.
Velma's passions were her family, world travel, gardening, touring gardens worldwide and supporting hungry children around the world. She was a thoughtful, responsible and loving person, helping many aging relatives by visiting, arranging care and managing their affairs. She enjoyed a full, interesting life.
Velma was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Lula Mae C. Ligon; brother, Cecil A. Colville; and nephew, Kenny Smith. She is survived by her nieces, Priscilla S. Post and her family, Mille C. Henderson and her family, June C. Hillis and her family, and her nephews, Jimmie Smith and his family, and the family of the late Kenny Smith.
If desired, memorials may be made to the
, 4144 North Central Expressway Suite 750, Dallas, 75204.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on July 12, 2013