Thelma King Elmore died on Aug. 29, 2018. She was 93. Born in 1925 in Hyacinth, Va., to Arthur Jett King and Isabelle Jane King, she grew up in Callao, Va. In 1946, she married Lloyd Sherman Elmore of Heathsville, Va. Thelma lived (and loved) her life as a career Air Force wife, while the couple was stationed in Japan, Alaska, Tennessee and more; eventually retiring from active duty service to Poquoson, VA. Along the way, she and Lloyd raised their four children. Thelma was known for her dedication to family and friends, her fierce skills as a bridge player, and her love for providing home-cooking to whoever showed up at the Poquoson home she lived in, and loved, for 49 years. She was a childhood member of Henderson United Methodist Church in Callao and long attended Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Poquoson. Thelma was much loved by her children and their spouses: Myra Elmore of Columbus, Ohio; Steve Elmore and wife Susan Elmore of Pittsburgh, Pa; Susan Leonard and husband Larry Leonard of Staunton, Va; and Cindy Elmore of Winterville, NC; 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 her siblings, Nathalie Fisher, Leslie King, and Norris King. A celebration of life service will be conducted Oct. 13, 2 p.m. at Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Poquoson, followed by a reception. Burial will follow 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/.
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Published in Daily Press on Sep. 12, 2018.