LOVELAND, Colo. -- Thelma Opal Randolph died at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Loveland, Colo., on Dec.14, 2007. She was 96 years old.
On April 29, 1911, Thelma O. Wilcox was born to Gerald and Carolyn "Carrie" (Nelson) Wilcox in Red Willow County. She was the youngest of 11 children. She graduated from McCook High School in 1931.
She married Everett "Randy" Randolph in 1936 in Oberlin. To this union three children were born, Garry, Larry and Morgan. In 1952, Randy was killed in an automobile accident and her only livelihood, Randy's Cigar Store was destroyed in a fire that same year. The insurance for the store was honored and she was able to run the store by herself for several years until she remarried and moved to Omaha.
Thelma moved to Denver to be closer to family and lived with her sister for a while until she got her own place. While in her home in Littleton, she created the most beautiful back yard. This yard became a gorgeous gathering place for family and friends through the years. She was an accomplished piano and organ player and loved music, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
After falling and breaking an arm she moved to Loveland, Colo., where she lived for many years before her death.
Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Everett and all of her brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her children, Garry and wife, Joann of West Palm Beach, Fla., Larry and wife, Janie of Loveland, Colo., and Morgan and wife, Sharon of Arvada, Colo.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Friends and family may sign her book at the funeral home during business hours. Condolences may also be left on-line at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Memorial services will be Saturday, May 16, 10:30 a.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating. Inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of the arrangements.