Thelma Agnes Martindale
March 3, 1923 ~ June 12, 2014
Thelma Agnes Martindale peacefully entered the Lord's presence on Thursday, June 12, 2014, surrounded by her family and friends. She was a vivacious, energetic, caring and loving woman with a great sense of humor and was loved by all who knew her.
Thelma was born March 3, 1923, in Whitton, Arkansas to Mack and Blanche Mahan, the youngest of three children. In June 1941, she met her devoted husband of 63 years, Everett Martindale in St. Louis, Missouri. They married on January 22, 1942. In 1946, Thelma and Everett moved to Palo Alto, California and opened El Camino Trailer Sales. After Everett and Thelma retired in1975, they spent their time between their Boise and Reno homes and wintered six months of the year in Mesa, Arizona. They enjoyed their retirement traveling, playing tennis, and watching their thoroughbred horses run at race tracks throughout the west. Everett passed away in August 2005. Thelma continued to travel, including recent trips to Asia and the Caribbean. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Thelma was a humble woman, never forgetting the meager beginnings of her union with Everett. She often reminded others that faith, perseverance, compassion and humility were building blocks for a successful life. The goodwill and strong work ethnics were the foundation for many businesses still thriving today.
Thelma is survived by her son, Everett "Russ", Jr. and wife Shirley of Rocklin, CA; daughter Lelaine Ching and husband Gordon of Honolulu, HI; daughter Sharon Laursen and husband Ron of Boise, ID; son Herschel "Marty" and wife Beverly of Mesa, AZ; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Everett, parents Mack and Blanche Mahan, and siblings Tom Mahan and Flora Miller. The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Thelma's dear friend and caregiver, Maria Lugo. Also many thanks to Connie Overman, and the caring women and nurses of Hospice of the Valley, Mesa, AZ for their help during Thelma's final months.
Mom, we have in our hearts deep gratitude for the blessings you gave us, the lessons you taught us, and for instilling in each of us the very best of yourself. You have always been the very center of our lives. The fun times we shared, the many places we experienced together, the struggles you helped us through, and the victories and joys in the "winner's circle" of life will never be forgotten. You remind us that a sense of humor and compassion can make life easier. Although we will feel a void without you here on Earth, we will find peace knowing you are with our Heavenly Father guiding us from above.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 12:00 noon, at Summers Funeral Home, 1205 W. Bannock St., Boise. Graveside services will follow at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. A viewing will be held on Thursday, June 26, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Summers Funeral Home. Donations may be made to a
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Thelma's memorial webpage through Summers Funeral Homes in Boise at www.summersfuneral.com; or through Mariposa Gardens in Mesa, AZ at http:/topix.tributes.com.
Summers Funeral Home - Boise Chapel
1205 West Bannock Street Boise, ID 83702
Published in Idaho Statesman on June 22, 2014