LAGRANGE – Funeral services for Thelma Rose Marshall, 91, of LaGrange, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the LaGrange Bible Church with Pastor Tom Harves officiating. Burial will follow in the LaGrange Cemetery. Thelma went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on November 9, 2021 after a brief illness at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Memorials may be given to the LaGrange Rescue Unit or LaGrange Bear Creek Unity Library. The casket will be closed. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to www.colyerfuneralhome.com.
Thelma was born April 25, 1930 at the Naylor place near Chadron, Nebraska to Rosa Helen (Mardock) and Ernest Embree Hawthorne. She grew up on the family farm and attended rural schools and then graduated from Chadron High School. After obtaining a war-time teaching certificate, she taught three years in different country schools. She met her husband Eugene Loren Marshall through local activities with the American Sunday School Union and they were married on September 12, 1950. Six kids were born to the union. Thelma spent the next several years involved in the family ranch and raising the kids. The family moved to Pine Bluffs in 1964 and later relocated to LaGrange in 1967. During the early years on the LaGrange ranch, she was able to attend classes at the newly established Frontier School of the Bible as one of the first students. It was on the ranch at LaGrange that Gene was injured and confined to a wheelchair. Caring for Gene never kept Thelma from expressing her generous nature by helping and caring for all the family, friends and neighbors when she saw a need.
Thelma served as the Head Start Director/Teacher in Hawk Springs for several years and worked for a time at a potato processing plant before accepting a position as Town Clerk for the Town of LaGrange. She retired form that position in 2001 and has remained in LaGrange since that time. Thelma and her family were involved in Various American Sunday School Union activities and the Open Door Church until their move to Wyoming. After that they were involved in the Pine Bluffs Baptist Church and then the LaGrange Bible Church. She was active in the Highland Center Extension Club as a young homemaker. After the move to LaGrange she was involved in the LaGrange Homemakers Club and the LaGrange Bear Creek Unity Library.
Thelma was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Loren Marshall; grandchildren Rocky Vaughan and Chrystal Vaughan; a brother Don Hawthorne and his wife Wanda; and a brother-in-law Don Duncan. She is survived by her children Charlotte Vaughan, Dennis (Judy) Marshall, Judy Marshall, Mark (Christy) Marshall, Melinda (Duane) Richards and Norman (Laurie) Marshall; eleven grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.