2015-07-16 / Obituaries

Velma Irene McNally Tarver

Velma Irene McNally Tarver, daughter of a pioneer family and a member of the “greatest generation” completed her work on earth and was called to heaven on July 1, 2015 at the age of 90.

Velma was the eighth child of Henry and Dora McNally of Mariposa and was born on Jan. 8, 1925 at their home in Bootjack. She attended Sebastopol Elementary School and graduated from Mariposa County High School in 1942 and Merritt Business School in Oakland.

During World War II, she was employed by the Naval Supply Depot, Naval Ammunition Depot Chicago and Merced Air Base. Velma met and married her husband, George Tarver, in 1944. He was a chief pharmacist’s mate in the Navy during World War II. Their only child, Robert, was born in 1947.

After the war ended, they made their home in Pleasant Hill and in 1968, moved to Reno, where George started his floor covering business.

Velma was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, four brothers and five sisters, and her grandson, Matt Tarver, who was very dear to her heart.

Survivors include her son, Robert and wife Mary Ann; grandson, Tracey Tarver and his wife Sonya and three great-grandchildren, Adam, Alecia and Aric Tarver and many nieces and nephews.

After moving to Reno, Velma worked for the Reno Gazette Journal, took early retirement in 1984, at which time she and George started their motor home travels to most states as well as Mexico and Canada.

At her request, she will be cremated and ashes buried with her husband at Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Fernley, Nev. She requested not to have a memorial service at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

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