Aunt Thelma & her sisters & sister-in-law
sister Hazel, Thelma with daughter Hazel Dean,
sister Paulene, sister-in-law Mary Ruth
& baby sister Darlene (my mother)
R.T., Thelma & daughter Dean
with silly brother Jim peaking around the corner
When my mother was 7 years old, Thelma & R. T. Liddell married.
Most of Mom's childhood memories were with Thelma being a married lady.
R.T. & Thelma
with children, Hazel Dean & Russell
Thelma on Mom's patio
I'm not sure I had a favorite aunt...it just depended on which one I was with at the moment, as I loved them all.
I thought she was the most gracious lady & she always held a special place in my heart.
We were always so excited when we found out we were going to Omaha for a visit.
It was always fun to stay with Uncle R.T. & Aunt Thelma!
Thelma had a way of getting tickled & I remember her laughing a lot.
She kept a beautiful home & loved her flowers.
Perhaps that is where I got a little bit of the gardening fever.
I remember a table full of African violets that she had & they seemed to be in perpetual bloom. I thought they were beautiful. She loved her home & her family & took great pride in both.
Longevity seemed to be in her bones & she lived a good life,
living until she was 97 1/2 years old!
Aunt Thelma & Mom
at her 90th birthday party
Aunt Thelma & her family
Evie & Russ
Dean & Sid
Aunt Thelma in her home in Omaha
with her siblings
Jim, Darlene (Mom) Thelma & Millard
The Fulkerson kids
Just the name of Aunt Thelma brings back a rush of childhood memories for me.
We lived in the small hometown where all of the Fulkerson kids were raised
and that is where they would return for summer vacations, holidays, & hunting & fishing trips.
It would be an exciting time when the Liddell's were coming home!
I remember the sisters gathering in Grandma's kitchen, cooking up a storm, preparing a meal for all of the family. In the fall the men would go pheasant or quail hunting while the women stayed at home, content just to visit with each other.
Aunt Thelma was my last living aunt-or uncle-on either side of the family.
It is a sobering thought to realize that our parents generation is now gone...
& we are the ones that remain...
the ones to carry on family traditions, to try to keep the family connected.
Thankfully, the cousins have been close & even though we are somewhat scattered apart,
we plan on keeping the family together.
She was a beautiful, sweet lady, & I loved my Aunt Thelma very much.