Thelma was born August 17, 1932 at Avon, the ninth child of Joseph and Jessie White Taylor. She grew up and started school at Deary, then to Moscow, graduating from Moscow High School in 1950. She then attended Kinman Business College in Lewiston. On Saturday, January 6, 1955, she and Allan L. Whitcomb were married in Coeur d’Alene. Their honeymoon lasted until Monday when Allan had to be back to work!
They made their home in Deary where she was a homemaker and raised her family. When the children were older, she went to work as the City Clerk in Deary in the late 1970’s, retiring from there after 17 years of service. Thelma was an avid bowler and played on several leagues throughout the years, she will also be remembered for her hospitality, as an exceptional homemaker and cook and hosting holiday gatherings for family and anyone else who may need a place to go. The family had a cabin at Black Lake where she enjoyed spending time and water skiing, up to her “60’s”. She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge and was active in “fun runs” and walking to further a cause. She enjoyed picking huckleberries in the summer and pussy-willows in the spring.
She spoke fondly about working at Glacier National Park during a summer of her high school years and always enjoyed traveling. When the grandkids were young they took them to Silver Wood, on the way she was singing and teaching them songs as they drove. She and Allan made trips to Hawaii and wintered in Arizona for several years. A special trip was one she took touring Europe with the Sweet Adeline’s. She had a love for music and playing the organ. Thelma was also active in Church, first the United Brethren in Deary, and later the Juliaetta Community Church.
Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Allan, at their Deary home; sons Micky Whitcomb of Orofino, David and Jille Whitcomb and her daughter, Vernita and Terry Proctor all of Deary. She also leaves 7 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Shannon Whitcomb in 1992 and her siblings, Harman Taylor, Ethel Parks-Whitcomb, Evelyn Anderson, Mack Taylor, Opal Kaaen, Leonard Taylor, Naomi Swanson and Dorothy Suenkel.
The funeral service will be held Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow. Pastors Larry Haylett and Matt Hallson will officiate. Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery with a reception at the Deary Fire Hall afterward.
Viewing will be Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM both days at Short’s Funeral Chapel.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Deary Ambulance Fund or the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Stacie Goodman, 828 Grelle Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.