Thelma Elaine Roberts Church, 85, of Wilder Idaho, passed away on July 20, 2017 at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell Idaho after a brief illness.
She was born on May 13, 1932 in Caldwell Idaho to Ethel and Wilbur Roberts. She and her older brother Don and younger sister Ruth grew up enjoying the farm life in Roswell living near her Kniefel grandparents. She had many fond memories of her family, aunts, uncles and cousins. She attended Roswell Grade School and Parma High School where she made many lifetime friends. She continued her education at the College of Idaho graduating with a teaching degree.
Thelma married Dick Huffer and they had four children; Rick, Scott, Chris and Kathie. She and Dick later divorced. Thelma married Phil Church in 1960 and she and the children moved to Phil’s home in Wilder Idaho. Phil adopted the children and together they raised them living and working on the farm. When Phil passed away in 1995, Thelma continued to live in her home, tending to her garden, enjoying her many friendships, and especially enjoying her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Thelma had many passions through the years. Her love of gardening was evident in the growing and tending of many beautiful flowers. She also began collecting and refinishing antiques. She enjoyed attending auctions with her friends, searching for and bidding on antiques. Her love of auctions led to another passion – Doll Collecting. Thelma joined the Hello Dollie doll club and enjoyed many years with the friends she made there. She collected and refurbished dolls and was well known for her expertise. She regularly assisted auctioneers in pricing antique dolls. In her later years she enjoyed reading and worked on puzzles every day, maintaining a sharp mind and a quick wit.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ethel and Wilbur Roberts, her sister Ruth Holverson, her brother Don Roberts, and her husband Phil Church.
She is survived by her children and grandchildren; Rick (Lori) Church, their two children, Gabrielle (D.J.) Vincent and Jeff (Lauren) Church; Scott (Barb) Church, their two children, Tony Church and Philip Church; Chris (Connie) Church, Chris's two children, Jesse (Michael) Malarsie and Sean (Meghann) Church; Kathie (Duane) Alexander, Kathie's two children, Sarah (Jeremy) Murray and Andy MacLeod (Kelsi Copple), and several great grandchildren.
She was also Grandma to 3 step-grandchildren; Duncan (Shannon) MacLeod, Alex
(Jenny) MacLeod, and Katie MacLeod (Jeff Pemberton).
Thelma had many friends during her lifetime and was kind and loving to everyone. She was also a wonderful mother and friend to her children. She was always ready with compassionate advice and support. She will be greatly missed by all.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., August 26th at Sterry Memorial Presbyterian Church in Roswell.