Velma Lucella Settles, 79, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, in Bakersfield, Calif.

She was born Sept. 24, 1930, in Raymondville, daughter of Melvin and Silvia DeWitt. She and Jesse M. Settles were married in 1949.

She loved gardening and cooking meals for her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Jesse.

Survivors include six sons, James, Ronald, Jeryl, Stephen, Brian and Jeremy Settles; two daughters, Nancy Weaver and Teresa Hammond; five sisters, Lavnne DeWitt, Joyce Amburn, Patsy Drake, Janet Bell and Becky Sawyer; and three brothers, Clay, Peter and Jerry DeWitt.

Memorial services are Saturday, Sept. 18, at Fox Funeral Home Chapel.

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