Thelma M. Wolford

December 04, 1911 ‒ April 20, 2004

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Thelma M. Stevens Wolford, 92, of Wedgewood Estates and formerly of Whippoorwill Lane, Mansfield, died Tuesday evening April 20, 2004 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a short illness.

She was born December 4, 1911 in Mansfield to Perry V. and Hazel L. (Dickson) Swisher, was graduated from Weller High School, and remained a lifelong Mansfield area resident.

Thelma was an active member of Park Avenue Baptist Church, and graciously donated portraits of the ministers, which are located in the front foyer of the church sanctuary. She had been a member of the Church Women United and served the congregation on numerous boards and circles.

She had volunteered with the American Red Cross since 1963, and served as a Gray Lady and member of the MedCentral Mansfield Hospital Auxiliary.

Thelma enjoyed playing euchre and flower gardening, which included caring for a 100-year-old Christmas cactus.

She is survived by her husband Charles W. Wolford, whom she married September 5, 1992; her daughter and son-in-law Arlene Andrews Gemperline and Thomas Gemperline of Powell; her granddaughter Sheril Andrews of Chicago, Illinois; step children Thomas and Debbie Wolford of Lancaster and Patty and John Thomas of Portsmouth; four step grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; her sister Mary Hale of Mansfield; her brother and sister-in-law Paul and Winona Swisher of Mansfield; and nieces and nephews.

Her first husband Robert M. Stevens preceded her in death on December 3, 1977; as did a grandson Jeff Andrews in 1985; and her brother Russell Swisher in 1995.

The family will receive friends Friday, April 23, 2004 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Saturday at 10:30 am. The Rev. Carol Kautz will officiate. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Olivesburg.

Memorial contributions to Park Avenue Baptist Church, the Richland County Chapter of the American Red Cross, or the American Heart Association may be made at the funeral home.