Thelma Elizabeth Day, 96, Wabash, died at 11:20 a.m., Sunday, March 16, at Wellbrooke of Wabash. She was born Feb. 7, 1918 in Peru, to Howard and Anna (Gleason) Hinkle.
She married Nathaniel Day on Nov. 26, 1932; he died Jan. 21, 1978. She retired from F.W. Woolworths in Wabash, and was a volunteer and donor for the Blood Mobile Canteen for more than 21 years. She was a member of Wabash Church of Our Savior United Methodist for more than 60 years. Thelma was loved and will be missed by all of her children. She loved them all equal and all of their mates the same. Her children say "We thank God for the life she lived and the wisdom and trust that she passed to us and to our children and grandchildren. Her faith has made us all stronger."
She is survived by five children, John (Betty) Day, Joann (Max) Carr, and Mary (Gene) DeLauter, all of Wabash, Donald (Sherry) Day, Marion, and Robert (Bonnie) Day, Wabash; 14 grandchildren, Teresa (John) Heitz, John (Brenda) Day, Debra Harden, Gary (Charlotte) Carr, Dan (Rhonda) Carr, Jeanie (Tony) Cooper, Jane (John) Unger, Jack (Angie) DeLauter, and Kris (Dan) Karns, all of Wabash, Jody Batesole, Fort Wayne, Joyce (Darryl) Knotts, Converse, Angie (Dan) Gummere, Bloomington, Douglas Day, Marion, and Kathy (George) Wilson, Peru; 24 great-grandchildren, and 13 great, great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters and a brother.
Funeral services will held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Jeff Smith officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.
The memorial guest book for Thelma may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.