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Thelma Jean Ding

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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 4:03 pm | Updated: 4:31 pm, Thu May 16, 2013.

Thelma Jean Ding, 89, of Loveland passed away suddenly and peacefully at Medical Center of the Rockies May 13, 2013 from a heart problem but had enjoyed good health until very recently. Thelma was born in Emporia, Kansas on the farm of J.C. Fehr and Sophie Fehr the last of 5 children, one boy and four girls.  Thelma is survived by her Sister Luella in Pittsburg, Kansas (96), her two Children Dennis and Jeanine, her grand-daughter Hanna and her daughter-in-law Barbra who all live near Loveland except for Jeanine who lives with her husband Dan in Topeka, Kansas. Although raised by second generation German farm stock Thelma’s father believed in equality for his daughters and insisted that Thelma go to the Emporia Teachers College to become a teacher.  Thelma taught school then in Great Bend Kansas until meeting her husband Herbert after his service in the Army. Thelma did not remarry after the sudden death of her husband Herbert in 1959.  She had been the post master at the Edwards Store in Edwards Colorado at the time and also ran the Edwards General Store where she raised her two children into their High School years alone but with the help of the local tight knit community.  She always said, “God must have been looking out for us” because after the death of the bread winner, she had the built in comfort of the store for income. After selling the store and moving to Eagle, Colorado for a short time Thelma was not one to settle for mediocrity.  Thelma packed up with her children and settled for a time in Pueblo, Colorado to go to School and obtain her Colorado teaching certificate and continue her original career of Elementary Education. Mother and son both went to college together! After landing a job and moving to Glenwood Springs, Colorado she went on to maintain her credentials and to receive a master’s degree.  She was a world traveler doing educational trips to Europe, Australia and China. Thelma was an organist for her Church in Glenwood Springs but played her piano for enjoyment in her home. Her favorite pastime was her daily crossword puzzle done first thing every morning.  Most recently Thelma was an independent care resident of Good Samaritan Village in Loveland since the fall of last year and enjoyed going to her son’s acreage in Johnstown on Saturdays to play with Asher their beloved pet dog. She also looked forward to her daily evening phone time with her Sister and with Jeanine in Topeka, Kansas. Thelma loved chatting with people and cherished her social groups and Church on Sundays.  One of her favorite groups was the “swimin-women” where various Glenwood residents gathered at the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Lodge and pool to chat, eat and soak.  She was a member of Good Sheppard Lutheran Church in Glenwood Springs all during her 20+ teaching years and for many years thereafter in her retirement. Thelma was an accomplished quilter and looked forward every year to donating and selling some of her crafted creations at the Church Bazaar.  She had only recently moved to Loveland to be near her son for the last several years which she never called “home”.  She missed her many friends at her old Church and community in Glenwood Springs.  She also attended Zion Lutheran Church in Loveland as well as singing in the choir at the Spiritual Life Center at Good Samaritan.  Special thanks from Dennis and Barbra to Pastor Craig at Good Samaritan Village for guiding Thelma’s spiritual life. Cremation has been completed and burial will take place in Kansas.

Go to www.viegutfuneralhome.com for condolences.

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