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Thelma L. Elijah

January 28, 1919 December 3, 2019
Thelma L. Elijah
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Thelma L. Elijah, age 100 of Stanwood, passed away on Tuesday December 3, 2019 at the Clarence Nursing Home. A private family graveside service will be held at the Clarence Cemetery with Pastor Cindy McKenzie officiating.

Thelma was born on January 28, 1919 to William and Mabel (Cleveland) Harness in Defiance, Iowa. She married Robert Elijah on January 8, 1939 in Tipton. He died on December 13, 1979.

Thelma liked basketball, being a former player herself, and watching basketball on television. She was particularly proud of her team making the state tournament in 1935 and being an all-state player. Thelma also enjoyed bowling, her orchids, and was a very good cook.

She is survived by her sons, Jerry (Betty) of Tipton, Bill (Sharon) of Clarence, and Jim of Lindenhurst, IL; grandchildren, Larry (Ellen), Sue (Todd), Ron (Denise), and Mike (Kris); and great grandchildren, Caleb Davisson, Ben Chapman, Caitlin Elijah, Alyssa Elijah, Payten Elijah, Britta Elijah, and Jillian Elijah.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; and brother, Ron.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Camp Courageous, Friends of the Animals in Tipton, or a charity of your choice.

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Clarence Cemetery Final Resting Place

Clarence, IA

Clarence IA
United States

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