Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, June 6, 2013, at South Park Cemetery, for Thelma Evelyn Stuart, 92, who passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Mission Arch Care Center. Rev. Troy Grant of Berrendo Baptist Church will be officiating.
Thelma was born in Golden, Okla., on Oct. 28, 1920, to Joseph Noe and Mary E. Lowe. Her parents preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her husband William B. Stuart, son-in-law Wallace C. Warick, and her brothers, Richard, Gavon, Dalton and Lawton.
Those left to cherish her memory are her two daughters, Norma Jean Warick and Connie Stuart; her sister Sadie Green from Springfield, Ore.; grandchildren, Sabra, Robbyn and Troy; great-grandchildren, Cory, Brandon, Nicki, Tonya, Kenny and Thatcher; great-great-grandchildren, Gage, Brody, Hayden, Shane, Kaitlin, Ava, Rylee and Addison, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Thelma moved from Broken Bow, Okla., to Ruidoso when she was 14 years old and attended high school in Ruidoso and worked for the Ruidoso Junction as a cab driver and a waitress during World War II. In high school she played basketball for Hondo High School. She moved to Roswell in 1948, she was a lifetime member of DAVA and was the president of the American Legion Auxiliary and a member of the Chaves County Sherriff Posse. She also was baptized in her teenage years in the Ruidoso River into the Baptist faith and a member of Berrendo Baptist Church. Thelma took in ironing; she met and made numerous friends. She also drove a school bus for Pollards from 1974 to 1985, from where she retired. She loved fishing and camping in Lincoln County. Her hobbies included gardening, working in her yard and all sorts of needle crafts. Thelma also loved watching high school football and the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos play. She always had the American flag flying and loved what it represents. Thelma loved to tell everyone about her life and what she endured and how lucky and blessed they were, she lived every day of her life to the fullest.
Pallbearers will be Rusty Jones, Tommy Dove, Brandon Dove, Troy Warick, Kenny Warick, and Harold Whitaker.
Thelma’s family expresses gratitude to the staff at Mission Arch Care Center, the ICU staff at Eastern New Mexico Hospital and the medical floor staff, respiratory staff for all the kindness, care and concern they showed Thelma.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.