Thelma King Elmore(1925 - 2018)

Thelma King Elmore passed away on Aug. 29, 2018. She was 93 years old. Born in 1925 in Hyacinth, Virginia to Arthur Jett King and Isabelle Jane King, she grew up in Callao, Virginia, the youngest of four children. In 1946, she married Lloyd Sherman Elmore of Heathsville, Virginia, whom she began dating in high school, watched go off to Air Force pilot training, and married after World War II. Once married, Thelma lived – and loved – her life as a career Air Force wife, while the couple was stationed in occupied Osaka, Japan; Scott Field, Arizona; Fairbanks, Alaska; Dover, Delaware; Smyrna, Tennessee; and Sumter, South Carolina; eventually retiring from active duty service to Reedville, Virginia, then Poquoson, Virginia. Along the way, she and Lloyd raised and took pride in their four children.
Thelma was known for her dedication to family and friends, her fierce skills as a bridge player, her beautiful seamstress talents, and her love for providing home-cooked Southern meals to whoever showed up at the Poquoson home she lived in - and loved - for 49 years, where she proudly lived on her own until age 90. She was a childhood member of Henderson United Methodist Church in Callao and long attended Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Poquoson. She also greatly enjoyed traveling and visiting family. Thelma was very much loved by her children and their spouses, Myra Elmore of Columbus, Ohio; Steve Elmore and wife, Susan Elmore, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan Leonard and husband, Larry Leonard, of Staunton, Virginia, and Cindy Elmore of Winterville, North Carolina; her three grandchildren, Andrew Elmore, Katie Elmore, and Jamie Chamberlin; and numerous loved nieces and nephews. Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and by her siblings, Nathalie Fisher, Leslie King, and Norris King. A celebration of life service will be conducted on Oct. 13, 2 p.m. at Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Poquoson, with family receiving friends afterward in the fellowship hall. Burial will take place on a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, at https://www.nof.org/.

Published in Northern Neck Group from Sept. 13 to Sept. 28, 2018