- 83 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 20, 1932
- Place of birth:
Artesia, New Mexico, United States
- Date of passing: Jul 8, 2015
- Place of passing:
Puyallup, Washington, United States
|Let the memory of Thelma be with us forever|
"One thing she was known for in the family was sewing all of us these giant ‘poof chairs’, really huge round pillows that easily took the place of a couch or easy chair. The kids played, cuddled, watched TV and slept in those chairs. In a sense those big comfy chairs represented the type of physical and emotional comfort that Mother always provided to her friends and family."
"Thelma was deathly afraid of snakes. She liked to tell the story of how when she was a little child on their ranch in New Mexico, her mother found her sitting in her sandbox with a big rattlesnake coiled up near her. Her mom snatched her away and called for her dad, but until that happened she didn't know that she was supposed to be afraid. After that she never wanted to go near a snake!.
One time when we were visiting at the A-Frame, Jason lost a garter snake in her basement. We just started quietly looking for it. We hunted and hunted for it but never found it, so we just decided the best course of action was to never mention it to her. As far as I know she never found it so I guess it got outside on its own."
"From Carol Bartlett:
Thelma reached out to me in friendship. I used to walk my kids' dog by her house, and the Shelties would let her know all about it. One day she invited me up on her porch to rest a bit, and I went. We immediately hit it off, and I looked forward to my afternoon visits with her. She was always in good spirits and ever the good hostess, would offer me coffee. At the home health center, she quickly made friends with the other ladies, and we played many a game of cards. She always said that diamonds were a girl's best friend. (I remember that song!) We cooked together, made art projects together, and did a lot of chatting. She faced her challenges with grace and dignity.
Thelma played a very important part in my life. She really lifted up my spirits when I was going through some hard times with my friend Nancy.
I was blessed to have her in my life, and will never forget her lively spirit. She faced her challenges with grace and dignity.
Your friend and Thelma's,
"Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
Thelma was a wonderful grandmother. I loved the summers of my childhood spent with her. Riding horses, making ice cream, jumping on the trampoline, baking brownies, making hard-boiled egg "babies", and playing pool in the basement. The summers were wonderful and because my Grandma made them wonderful."
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