Eunice Thelma Kern passed peacefully surrounded by family on May 8, 2021 at the age of 86, born on June 29, 1934. Beloved daughter of Lynn Evans Carson and Elsie Miller Carson, Thelma was preceded in death by her two younger brothers, Lynn E Carson Jr. and Henry Wilson (Bill) Carson. She is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years, Clinton F. Kern, who she married March 10, 1956 at Central Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, son Steven Charles Kern (Linda), and daughter Kathryn Kern Adams. She is also survived by grandchildren Matthew Carson Kern (Helen), Kayla Nicole Brooks (Brian), Kelsey Lynn Masters (Matt) and four great grandchildren, Carson James Masters, Everleigh Ryan Brooks, Peyton Elliot Brooks and Tanner Scott Brooks, and aunts, cousins and many lifelong friends. Thelma graduated from McMain High School and attended Tulane University and Soule Business College. She was fortunate to raise her children and remain a busy stay-at-home mom. As her children grew, she enjoyed teaching Sunday School, volunteered as a Cub and Girl Scout leader, and library volunteer. Thelma enjoyed tennis and later took up golf and bridge. A great pleasure was traveling with friends and family to far-away places. Thelma "Mimi" loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoying time with them at the beach condo every year. It was a thrill to see them grow up, it made her proud and thankful. Thelma most valued God, church and family; she felt blessed in her life and felt called to give back to her community. She tutored for Operation Mainstream and felt a strong need for literacy programs. Thelma enjoyed visiting nursing homes for the church, and was involved in the Flower Ministry at church, sending cards to those going through difficult times. She was also a Stephens Minister, Open Heart volunteer, Missions volunteer and went on numerous mission trips. She served as President of St. Timothy United Methodist Women, President of Mandeville Republican Women, and President of Chapter A.S. of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization that educates women through scholarships, grants, awards, and loans, and motivates women to achieve their highest aspirations. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on June 5 at St. Timothy on the North Shore United Methodist Church in Mandeville, La. Visitation begins at 10 am, with the service beginning at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Timothy United Methodist Church Missions and/or P.E.O.
Published by The Times-Picayune from May 29 to Jun. 5, 2021.