Thelma Jean "T.J." Friday
August 5, 1935 - September 2, 2021
Newton, Kansas - Thelma Jean "T.J." Friday, 86, died peacefully in Newton on Thursday, September 2, 2021 with her family by her side. She was born August 5, 1935 in Marion, Kansas to Walter E. and Mary Edith (Longhofer) Seibel. T.J. was a loving wife to three husbands who all preceded her in death. Leo Edward "Bud" Rogers who died April 18, 1963; David Ray Spellman who died January 7th 1981 and William E. "Bill" Friday who died June 16, 2012.
T.J. was a woman of great faith and was a longtime active member of several churches including, Huron Christian Church in South Dakota; First Christian Church of Marysville, Kansas and Salem United Methodist Church in Newton, Kansas. She taught Sunday school, VBS and often played piano and organ for the church among other volunteer activities at the church.
During her working years T.J. worked for Boeing for 10 years before she began working as secretary at the Dakota Christian Bible College; Huron South Dakota High School and Marysville Elementary School where she retired in 1997.
She was active in the League of Women Voters and Right to Life. T.J. was known for being a very patriotic person and she greatly looked forward to spending time with her loving family and many friends. Her love extended to that of being a care giver to her husband Bill for several years following a stroke.
She is survived by her son Shawn Spellman; daughter Cindy (Larry) Branson; step-sons Mike and Michelle Friday, Ron and Tami Friday and step daughter Debbie and Bob Davis; 6 grandchildren, Meg, Miles, Allie, Michael, Peggy and Rachel. T.J. was preceded in death by her parents; 3 husbands; and two brothers Maynard Powers and Glen Seibel.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Salem United Methodist Church in Newton, Kansas. Visitation with the family will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside committal will be in the Hillside Cemetery, Sedgwick, Kansas.
Memorials are suggested to Salem United Methodist Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.
Published by Wichita Eagle from Sep. 8 to Sep. 12, 2021.