Thelma "Chora" Bigby(1923 - 2013)

Thelma "Chora" Bigby January 17, 1923 - March 27, 2013 Thelma "Chora" Bigby was born on January 17, 1923 and passed away on March 27, 2013 at the age of 90 in Bakersfield, California. Thelma was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Roman and Joaquina Ruiz who migrated to the United States from Ubeda, Spain. Thelma and her family then settled in Fowler, California where she met and married John B. Bigby Sr. They were married 53 years at the time of his passing. Thelma is survived by her three sons John Bigby Jr. (Janet), Dennis Bigby (Janel) and David Bigby (Kim); grandchildren Jill Bigby, Jennifer Smith, Aimee Bigby Jones and Brandon Bigby; great-grandchildren Steven Jolley (Tina), Michael and Jordan Jolley, Haley Smith, Connor and Riley Jones and Claire and Kate Bires; and great-great grandson Cole Jolley. Brothers Ken Ruiz, Frank Ruiz (Gloria) and sister Joaquina Massie and many nieces and nephews. Thelma is preceded in death by her husband John B. Bigby Sr., grandson John B. Bigby III, her brother Matia Ruiz, her sisters Jenny Poveda, Mary Moreno, Anne Navarro and Frances Isch. A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family would like to thank the staff at Emeritus, Dr. Jorge Enriquez and the nurses at Mercy Hospital 4 West for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to . www.bakersfield.com/obits

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Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary
9101 Kern Canyon Road Bakersfield, CA 93306
(661) 366-5766

Published in Bakersfield Californian from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2013