Groton - Thelma M. Rezendes, 72, of Groton, formerly of Stonington and Ledyard, passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London.
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Born in Albany, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson and Willie Bell (Tucker) Willis. Thelma loved the Lord with all her heart, he was her world. She enjoyed spending time with her family and also enjoyed working on her book she was writing, and above all being involved with her Church and working on the bulletin.
Her favorite place to spend time was at Stonington Point, watching the waves and praying. Other than her Bible, her time was spent on her iPad playing games and watching movies, she didn't go anywhere without it. Personal thing, Thelma let everyone know walking into her home they were welcome at any time, she was everybody's Mom. To her children, she was the QUEEN BEE!
Thelma is survived by her eight children, Joseph Rezendes and his wife, Patreasa, of Sterling, Brenda Rezendes of Pawcatuck, Deborah Cruz and her husband, Richard, of Pawcatuck, Michael Rezendes and his wife, Ruth, of Ledyard, Vicky Watson of Macon, Ga., Teresa Atkinson and her husband, Maurice, of Macon, Ga., Angela Benton and her husband, Robert, of Norwich and Jennifer Fasano of Groton; siblings, Virginia Araujo and (William), Andrew Jackson Willis and (Tina), Fay Willis, Jay Willis and (Ginnie), Doris Dodd and (Merrill), Jean Willis and (Delama) and Kenneth Willis; 28 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Joseph Antone Rezendes.
Her family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Potter's House Church of God, 500 Sandy Hollow Road, Mystic. A service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the church with Pastor Bruno Spada officiating. Burial will follow at Stonington Cemetery, 345 N. Main St., Stonington. Immediately following the burial, there will be a gathering at the Par 4, 93 Plant St., Groton.
Memorial donations may be made to the church.
Please visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to leave an online message of condolence.
Published in The Day on Jan. 6, 2013