Velma was born on Oct. 24, 1948, in Shorts Creek, Carroll County, to the late Orby Kyress Alderman and Betty Ruth White Alderman.
She was a graduate of Hillsville High School, Wytheville Community College, and Radford University. For 37 years, Velma was a human resources manager with Kollmorgen/Inland Motor of Radford. Colleagues at Kollmorgen were like second family, where she built lifelong cherished friendships.
Velma married Vander Maurice Nester in 1967. Eventually, Radford became their permanent home where they raised their daughters, Wendy and Kari.
She was an adoring grandmother to her three grandchildren: Keean, Indira and Jennabelle.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vander Maurice Nester; and her brothers Gaylon Alderman and Carlos Alderman. She is survived by her daughters, Wendy Nester Curtis (Jeremy) and Kari Nester Edwards (Steven Lee); grandchildren Keean Vander Eckert, Indira Rose Edwards, and Jennabelle Mercedes Curtis; her siblings, Martin Alderman, Guida Alphadean Alderman Nester, and Wanda Alderman Mullins; brother and sister in laws Elsie Alderman, Brenda Alderman, Wayne Nester, Allen and Jill Nester, Sonja and Dennis D’Souza, and Timmy and Joyce Nester; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Memorial services will be for the immediate family in the summer of 2022 by request of the deceased. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.