Thelma Marshall

Funeral services for 91-year old Dawes County native Thelma Rose Marshall of LaGrange, Wyo, will be Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 1:00 at the LaGrange Bible Church with Pastor Tom Harves officiating. 

The casket will be closed. Burial will follow in the LaGrange Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the LaGrange Rescue Unit or LaGrange Bear Creek Unity Library. 

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Thelma Marshall was born April 25, 1930, to Rosa Helen (Mardock) and Ernest Embree Hawthorne at the Naylor place near Chadron. She went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Nov 9, 2021, at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyo, after a brief illness 

Thelma grew up on the family farm and attended rural schools before graduating from Chadron High School. After obtaining a war-time teaching certificate, she taught three years in different country schools. 

She met her husband Eugene Loren “Gene” Marshall through local activities with the American Sunday School Union and they were married on September 12, 1950. Six kids were born to their union. 

Thelma spent the next several years involved in the family ranch and raising the kids. The family moved to Pine Bluffs, Wyo in 1964 and later relocated to LaGrange, Wyo in 1967. 

During the early years on the LaGrange ranch, she was able to attend classes at the newly established Frontier School of the Bible as one of the first students. 

It was on the ranch at LaGrange that Gene was injured and confined to a wheelchair. Caring for Gene never kept Thelma from expressing her generous nature by helping and caring for all the family, friends and neighbors when she saw a need.

Thelma served as the Head Start Director/Teacher in Hawk Springs, Wyo, for several years and worked for a time at a potato processing plant before accepting a position as Town Clerk for the Town of LaGrange – a position she held until retiring in 2001. 

Thelma and her family were involved in various American Sunday School Union activities and the Open Door Church on the table south of Chadron until their move to Wyoming. After that they were involved in the Pine Bluffs Baptist Church and then the LaGrange Bible Church. 

She was active in the Highland Center Extension Club as a young homemaker, and after the move to LaGrange was involved in the LaGrange Homemakers Club and the LaGrange Bear Creek Unity Library.

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband Gene Marshall; grandchildren Rocky Vaughan and Chrystal Vaughan; a brother Don Hawthorne and his wife Wanda; and a brother-in-law Don Duncan. 

She is survived by her children Charlotte Vaughan, Dennis (Judy) Marshall, Judy Marshall, Mark (Christy) Marshall, Melinda (Duane) Richards, and Norman (Laurie) Marshall; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home in Torrington.