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September 22, 2013
Happy Birthday, Mother. It is still hard for me to believe that you are no longer here with us as I feel your presence so very often. I'll be thinking of you all day today and praying you are having a good day in Heaven on this your 87th birthday. Give Daddy a kiss for me. Love you so and always will.
September 22, 2013
Sept. 22, 2013

HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY UP IN HEAVEN, MOTHER. Oh, how I miss you here on earth. But I'm happy for you that you now have the perfect peace and happiness with no more worries as this earth had to offer. You mean the WORLD to me and you still do. No one could ever take your place or come near it. I know Jesus is giving you all the rewards you earned down here and I know your cup is overflowing with the love surrounding you. One day we will see each other again, never to be parted again. I'll be taking 3 bundles of fall flowers and putting on your grave today along with Daddy's, too! Give Jesus, Daddy and Connie a big hug for me. Love you forever and throughout eternity! ~ Your Baby Girl ~
September 19, 2013
September is here...the month of your birth into this earthly life. I will be experiencing bittersweet feelings on Sunday, the 22nd...saddened because you are not here with us to celebrate your special day, and joyous because you are in your Heavenly Home celebrating with Dick & members of your family who are there with you.
Missing & Loving You So Very Much.
August 04, 2013
Dear Mother,

Judy and Kirk have worked so hard on your home and I, too, pray you can see the results. I'm also praying it will sell soon. Love and miss you so much,
Jeannene
August 03, 2013
Hi Mom, Hope you've been looking down on the work going on at your house, by Kirk and myself. The landscaping is beautiful, if I do say so. Open house by the 2nd realtor will be tomorrow so I'm praying someone will fall in love with your home and cherish it as much as you did...as we all did. Many fun times were found there with lots of love and happiness. Love you always, Judy and Kirk
July 04, 2013
Happy 4th of July! Fireworks will always remind me of time spent with you, celebrating America's birthdays! We all miss and love you so much. Enjoy the fireworks from the best seat in the house! I know you're smiling from ear to ear and I wish so much I could give you a big hug right now. :) Love you so much!
June 15, 2013
Tribute to Thelma Carner
1926 – 2013

By neice Cay Carner


An open door welcoming visitors to her house. An open table welcoming guests for a home-cooked meal. An open heart welcoming family and friends with love. My Aunt Thelma welcomed with ease. Her smile, her cheer and her warmth naturally drew people close.

My father John Carner and Thelma's husband Dick were brothers. In the 1960's, my family drove from our home in Maryland to Roanoke for week long summertime visits with Aunt Thelma, Uncle Dick and my cousins Jeannene and Judy. Thelma always had time for me during those get-togethers. At age 7 or so when dressing up in big girl outfits offered a thrill, Aunt Thelma managed to find some “fur” collars in the attic for me to wear. Around age 8, I recall driving back from Tennessee to see my Uncle Bob's family and cuddling with Aunt Thelma in the back seat instead of occupying the familiar, tightly supervised spot beside my mom. How special! At age 9, Thelma first taught me how to read a few notes from a sheet of music and pick out a tune on her basement piano (I later went on to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano and give her credit for starting me on my way).

Even at college in northern Virginia - when friends and fun beckoned more than family - I drove down to Roanoke to visit Thelma. Buddies tagged along from time to time. One even surprised Thelma by bringing her dog for the weekend – the pup enjoyed every privilege except iced-tea at Thelma's kitchen counter and her famous country-style green beans!

Thelma made time for me. So it's natural that even after I married and settled in Dallas that I made time for her. Trips back home to Maryland included a drive to Roanoke as often as possible. For four years starting in 2008, we carted our son Cory to college and ended up driving part of the way on Interstate 81 right near Thelma's house. While the 3,600 mile round trip from Dallas to Boston didn't leave a lot of time to visit, we managed to stop each time. Despite failed hearing, Thelma enjoyed seeing Cory play guitar for her. She and I even managed brisk “conversations” aided by my laptop computer. I typed a question or comment in a large font size, Thelma read it and then launched into a verbal response as if I had spoken directly to her. Thanks to the finger dexterity gained from all those piano lessons, I almost kept up with Thelma by typing comments, questions and interjections along the way!

From back in 1946, a telling story still circulates about my dad's departure for Navy enlistment in the aftermath of World War II. As parents, brothers, sisters and extended family lined up for good-byes, it was Thelma who first broke the awkwardness and offered up a big hug for the skinny 18 year old. I had my share of those hugs, too.

Starting with my earliest childhood trips to Roanoke at age 5 or 6, my Uncle Dick used to say it looked like the sun came up when I smiled. I'm age 54 now and smiling to think of how Aunt Thelma has been warmly welcomed home to heaven. I miss her very much.
June 09, 2013
My dear mom Thelma. You will always be in my thoughts and memories. I remember your looking forward to your celebrations with Bill and Rosemary. You touched so many lives and lived a good life. Love Lynnette
June 08, 2013
Dear Mother and Daddy,

Happy Anniversary! So glad you are together again celebrating your beautiful lives together. We have thought of you both all day today and Dad, we will be thinking of you on the 11th. Love, Joe & Jeannene
June 08, 2013
Dear Thelma & Dick...today is a day we usually had a joint celebration together..your anniversary and Bill's birthday. While you may not be physically present here with us now, we still feel your dear presence in our lives, and are celebrating the fact that you two are now reunited and togther again.
We Miss & Love You So Very Much,
Bill & Rosemary~

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