She was born April 23, 1925, in Harding, KS, the daughter of Johnson and Agnes Willard Vann. She attended Forest Dale School through 8th grade. She moved from Harding to Ft. Scott in 1952. In 1968, she obtained her GED at Ft. Scott Community College.
Thelma worked for 27 years as a certified Lab Tech for Mercy Hospital. She was a member of Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ, where she served as Treasurer and Sunday school teacher for over 60 years. She took up playing piano for the church at the age of 90. Thelma continued driving until a year ago. She also enjoyed traveling, having visited London and Paris in 1972.
Survivors include a brother, Lawrence Vann, Ft. Scott; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by six brothers and five sisters.
Elder Roger Harris, Pastor Troy Webb, and Co-Pastor Agnes Walton will conduct funeral services at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 29th, at the Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ.
Private burial will be in the Mapleton Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until service time at the Church. Memorials are suggested to Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ and may be left in the care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.