Thelma Louise (Conrad) King died peacefully from natural causes in her home on Thursday, July 19, surrounded by her family.
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Born Thelma Louise Arzamarski on April 21, 1921, in Wayland, Mass., her family surname was changed to Conrad in 1931. She graduated from Wheeler High School in North Stoningon, Conn., in 1939, and from the University of Rhode Island in 1943. She worked as a textile chemist until her marriage to Robert E. King Jr. of Stonington, Conn., on June 8, 1946. Bob and Thelma started a family soon after, and eventually had nine children. For the last 55 years they lived in Willington, Conn., graced by the arrivals of 22 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Thelma was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Robert King (1921-2006), and by daughters Mary King Belanger, of Ashford, and Martha King, of Lebanon. She is survived by her children: Robert E. King III and his wife, Diane, of Hampstead, N.H.; Patricia Eaves Mayo and her husband, Walter, of Sunapee, N.H.; Charles King and his wife, Bernice, of Willington; John King and his wife, Brenda, of Ashford; Thom King and his wife, Shazy, of Pikesville, Md.; Hazel King and her husband, Dan Robertson, of San Anselmo, Calif.; and Nan King and her husband, Tom Kelly, of Willington. She will be greatly missed by her extended family.
Her family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St., Willimantic. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, July 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Jude Church, 25 Old Farms Road, Willington, with assembly at the church. Burial will follow in Willington Hill Cemetery.
To read more about Thelma's life, please go to www.potterfuneralhome.com . Donations may be sent to the
and Hospice of Eastern Connecticut.
Published in The Westerly Sun on July 23, 2012