Obituary for Veda Marie Saline

Veda Marie Saline, 98, longtime resident of the Gila Valley, entered into eternal rest in the late-night hours of Dec. 19. She was born Sept. 15, 1920, in Mangum, Oklahoma, to Willie Melton and Mentie Glenn Melton, with siblings Hazel, Rayburn, Jimalee, J.O., Von, Coy, and Shirley.

Veda married Ervin Jay Saline in Safford and that is where they made their home and raised their family. Veda was a very loving, giving lady who was always looking for ways to server others. Family was most important to her and it showed in the way that she cared for them.  She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gladly serving in many callings.

Veda Marie Saline

She is survived by her children, Steven (Rhonda Clark) Saline, of Havasu City, Lynn (Jan Kimball) Saline, of Pima, Jerry (Launa) Saline, of Tucson, and Pam (Walter) Redd, of Mesa; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Veda is preceded in death by her loving husband, Ervin Saline; granddaughter, Shelly Saline, and daughter-in-law, Linda Thatcher Saline.

Services for Veda will be held Thursday, Dec. 27, beginning with a viewing at 10 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m., with Bishop Teddy French conducting. All services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Pima Chapel. Interment will follow in the Pima Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condolences may be extended at