Thelma Irene Bazley

June 03, 1932 ‒ January 04, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Thelma Irene Bazley passed away late Sunday evening, January 4, 2015 in her Lexington home surrounded by her family. She was 82.

She was born June 3, 1932 to parents Russell & Ethel (Steigerwalt) Shoup in Mansfield. After Thelma was graduated from Mansfield Sr. High, she worked at Neisner’s lunch counter on Main Street. A certain young man named Cecil Bazley began eating his lunch there every day and soon asked her for a date. He showed up with eleven red roses and one yellow one. On the second date there were two yellow roses and so on until all the roses were yellow. The pair married October 26, 1950 and the yellow roses became a tradition.

Mr. Bazley wanted Mrs. Bazley’s casket spray to reflect the dozen roses he brought her on their first date. Instead of eleven red & one yellow, he selected eleven yellow with a single red rose.


It’s no surprise that Thelma was an expert gardener. She even won an award for her garden and enjoyed working in it so much that she didn’t stop when health problems arose over the past year. She always remembered to keep sugar water in her hummingbird feeders. But above all, Thelma cherished time spent with her grandkids and her dog, Buddy.

She worked as a line supervisor at Therm-O-Disc where she worked for over 28 years until her retirement. In spare time, she enjoyed going for car rides (even just around town), traveling all over the world (with favorites like Nova Scotia, Mexico, and the Caribbean), and sailing with her husband (usually on Charles Mill Lake or Lake Erie).

Thelma was a member of the Mansfield Sail & Power Squadron and an honorary member of the Mohican Sailing Club.

She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Cecil Bazley of Lexington; four children (& spouses): Vickie & Paul Picking of Mansfield, Cecil Trent & Margo Bazley of Oceanside, CA, Brian & Laurie Bazley of Mansfield, and Terry & Kathy Bazley of Reynoldsburg; eleven grandchildren: Heather, Robert, Adam, Cecil Scott, Shannon, Shaina, Garrett, Gavyn, Gabriella, Madeline, and Julia; eleven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews and close friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three siblings: Howard Shoup, Naomi Pollock, and Robert Shoup.

Her family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Thursday, January 8, 2015 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service honoring her life will be held Friday at 12 noon with Pastor Chris Durbin officiating.

Contributions in her memory to Mohican Sailing Club may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Thelma’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • Grandma, I have many memories of helping you and Grandpa in the garden, visiting and sailing on lake Erie. I will always remember your smile and laugh. Mom and Grandpa I know you are hurting and missing Grandma. She is looking down on us. Strong, proud and her smile and laugh will always fill our hearts.

  • Our deepest condolences to your family Terry Bazley. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Tom and Ilene Kakos

  • Terry we are so very sorry for you and your families loss. If you guys need anything just let us know. Love Theresa , Eric and girls.

  • GRANDMA I remember the summers on the boat growing up and you sitting on the couch pinning your hair then falling asleep. I remember when you and Grandpa came to Georgia to see Javon for the first time and he took his first steps. I even remember when I was 4 and came for Christmas and You, Grandpa, Aunt Vickie, Uncle Brian and Uncle Terry got me a pink Barbie convertible. Me, Scott, Adam and Robby played for hours. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. YOU will be truely missed. REST IN PEACE

  • Our heartfelt condolences to your family. Terry, Kathy, Madeline, and Julia we will be praying for your family during this difficult time.

    Dan, Beth, Madison, Riley and Jake

  • I only met Grandma Bazley once, but in that one meeting with her i loved her. She had a pure heart and soul. I will miss her and keep her in my heart always. So sorry for your loss Grandpa Bazley Love you and stay strong.

    Sincerely Sorry,
    Jennifer Outlaw

  • Cecil,
    Our sincere and deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of Thelma. Amy and I will miss her.

  • My sincere condolences to you Brian and Laurie – and to your entire family. Reading about your Mom makes me smile. You just know that she has left the legacy she wanted to leave by making such a huge difference in the lives of her children, grandchildren and other family and friends. It sounds like she was a delightful woman – full of life and love. I especially enjoyed the story of how she and her husband met and courted. I know she will be missed terribly, but I also know how much you all have been blessed by having her in your lives. Prayers for you all.

  • Prayers and thought for your family. I have a lot of funny memories of Thelma, she took me to my first wine & cheese tasting event…..what a hoot that was. Trying to stay up to watch a movie is probably my favorite , she always kept a wet washcloth in a zip lock bag in her purse to clean the grandkids faces and hands when they went anywhere with her. When the kids were young and we would go visit, she would chase them around the house, catch them, kiss them all over and say, “that’s a grandma got us.” Good memories. Rest in Peace Thelma.

  • Dear Cecil: So soryy to hear about your wife and she will be in our thoughts and prayers. Of course Ron Long passed the sad news along to me. Bob and Anna

  • Dear Cecil & Family

    So sorry to hear of your loss, Please accept our Condolences. It was always nice to see and talk to her at the Sexton Christmas parties, may she R.I.P.

    Mark & Sandy Ridge