Thelma was born to James and Florence Smith from Hartsville S.C.
Thelma was the 2nd oldest of 8 siblings.
After graduating from Highschool she attended Garners Beauty (cosmetology) school where she earned her certificate of cosmetology and became a beautician in Hartsville S.C. in 1949.
In 1951 Thelma met Rudolph Jones on a train while she traveled to Brooklyn New York to visit family, he was headed to a military base. After a year and a half of correspondence, they met again in 1953 upon his return from Korea at which time he asked her for her hand in marriage. Shortly after on the 4th of August they were wed.
In 1963 after several years of moving from state to state because of the military life they settled down in Tacoma Washington where they raised their 4 children Mary, Phyllis who preceded her mom in death, Richard and Tony.
Thelma also had a long work career at St Joseph Hospital where she worked in the environmental services department. Followed by several years of working for Catholic community services providing home health care for those in need. Not only was Thelma a dedicated employee, but she was also a dedicated church member of Shiloh Baptist church and was known as one of the mothers of the church. Along with her faith, her family was her other priority. Thelma was a loving, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great- grandmother, aunt, and friend. Thelma was known as Superwoman to her children, as she worked endlessly to ensure that everyone around her was happy safe and fed. To know Thelma was to love her. She could always be found putting smiles on the faces of her family and friends through her kind words, advice and famous cooking. Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, Florence and James Smith; Her husband Rudolph and daughter Phyllis; Four brothers, Robert, James, Charles and Frank; Four sisters Louise, Alma, Vermell and Frances. Left behind to cherish her precious memories and continue her legacy are her children, Mary Alexander (Alex), Richard Jones (Carolyn) and Tony Jones (Debbie); 9 grandchildren, Clairese (Mike), Richard (Tionna), Matthew (Mia), Demetri (Marissa), Cassandra, Jason, Vanessa (Devon), Zachary (Lauren) and Allyson (Will) and a host of Great-grandchildren and 2 Great Great Grandchildren.
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