Thelma Ann Ham
GREELEY, Colo. -- Thelma Ann Ham, 81, of Benkelman, died Wednesday (Nov. 7, 2001) at the Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.
She was born Feb. 8, 1910 in Rawlins County, Kan., to Oscar and Ida Belle (Burkey) Mann, and attended school in Beardsley, and McDonald, Kan. She went on to attend the Capital Beauty School in Omaha with her degree in Cosmetology in 1938.
On Nov. 2, 1941, she married Stanley A. Ham. They made Benkelman their home until 1942, then they moved to California for a short time. After returning to Benkelman, they farmed for a short time. In 1947 they established Stanley's Oil Co. in Benkelman, and in 1952 they acquired the John Deere dealership.
She was employed for several years as a beautician in Benkelman, and worked in the salon above Ireland's Department Store.
She was a member of the Benkelman United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and a past member of the Benkelman Women's Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers; and five sisters.
Survivors include her husband, Stanley Ham of Benkelman; one son, Tom Ham and wife, Marcy also of Benkelman; one daughter, Sherri Pattison and husband, John of Sioux Falls, S. D.; one sister, LaVerne Ham of McCook; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, and nephews.
Memorial services will be Monday, 10:30 a.m. (MST) at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Revs. Norman Prather and Douglas Dietrich officiating. A private family inurment will be held at a later date.
There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be given in her name to the Dundy County Hospital Foundation, PO Box 85, Benkelman, NE 69021.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge arrangements.