Individual Record 242

Name}   Sites, Velma May Family History} Hancock                
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Female
Birth:   Date} Exa   2 Dec 1914 Place} Sites, Colusa, California
Marr.: Date} Cir                1937 Place}       (Link)
Death: Date} Exa   4 Mar 2007 Place}   , Butte, California
Burial: Date} Cir    7 Mar 2007 Place}  
  Grave Marker}  
Source 1} 848 = Birth record
Source 2} 1088=1920 USA cen
Source 3} 541 = Death record
Source 4} 700 = Obituary
Source 5} 420 = Funeral rec
Source 6} 613 = Letter
Source 7} 1085=Obituary
Source 8}   85 = Family history
Source 9}  
Source 10} 
Parents: } William Kavenaugh Sites & Esther (Ester) Alice Nordyke or Mayki*
   Relationship No.} None
1st Household No.}  
      Occupation 1} Secretary
       Occupation 2} Housewife
  Religion/Church} Methodist
Spouses:    First} Butler, Peter Franklin (Frank)
 Total Number of} 1
Notes:  *Velma's mother's maiden name was either Nordyke (per Source 1085) or Mayki (per Source 848).

In 1920 Velma was five years old and living with her parents and her brother, Elwood, at the Sites precinct, Maxwell township, Colusa County, California.

After graduating from high school, Velma furthered her education by enrolling in Heald's School of Business in Sacramento, California.  After graduating from Heald's, she obtained a secretarial job with Sawyer Tannery in Napa.  There she met her life-long campanion, Frank Butler.

Shortly after World War II, Frank and Velma moved from Sacramento to Placerville, California.  Later they moved to a remote area west of Placerville in El Dorado County where they lived for many years.  The remoteness of El Dorado County offered Velma many opportunities to enjoy nature in its raw form, pursue her passion for fly-fishing and painting, and observe nature on a daily basis.  The mention of nearby places such as Camp II, Plum Creek, and Bull Creek would bring a loving smile to her face.

After leaving El Dorado County, they briefly lived at the remote PG&E facilities at Bucks Lake.  They moved to Paradise in 1956 and subsequently to the small community of Nimshew in 1964.

Velma was the ultimate homemaker, a passionate historian, an outstanding gardener, and a wildlife enthusiast.  She was a member of the Butte County Historical Society, Paradise Fact and Folklore Society, Colusa Historical Society, Association of Northern California Historical Research, DeSabla Grange, and the United Methodist Church.  She served on the Board of Directors for the Kimshew Cemetery District from 1970 to 1978.

She authored several articles and publications on the early pioneer settlements of Butte County and the surrounding areas.  Through the many years of association and time with Velma, those who knew her were blessed with an abundance of life lessons from a mentor who, in her own unselfish and quiet way, knew and shared the values of our heritage.

Velma was in a rest home from about 2002 or so.  She passed on at age 92¼ years.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social} Grange
Baptism Date}   Place}    
Confirm. Date}   Photo} None
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade} High school diploma & Heald's School of Business
Military: Service}                   for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Dan Hancock
Date Updated}   6 Oct 2008
Date Created}  19 Oct 2004
Copyright © 2008 by Daniel W. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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