Thelma Margaret Ware
|Posted 2020-03-23 by mhenderson|
|Published in The Miner on March 19, 2020 -|
Kingman, Arizona -
Thelma Margaret Ware, 95, of Yucca, and beloved wife of the late
George N. Ware, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in hospice
Ms. Ware was born July 13, 1924, in Loma Linda, California. On one of
her early trips, Thelma met her husband, George, at a soda fountain in
Dallas in October 1946. George bought Thelma a 5-cent lime coke and
started talking … then married her 10 days later. Thelma and George
were a love story and never stopped talking. They were happily married
for 57 years, until George’s passing in 2003.
Their early family years were in California, where Thelma gave birth
to four daughters. As a stay-at-home mom, she canned and cooked.
Always industrious, Thelma sold apples for cash to buy her sewing
machine. Thelma sewed clothes for all the girls and even made
Christmas outfits in red, green, red, green for the stair-stepped
daughters. At Eastertime, you’d find Mother making Easter dresses of
pink, blue, pink, blue … complete with rickrack and special buttons.
George’s Navy career transferred the family to Tennessee, and then to
When the girls got older, Thelma had a 15-year career driving the
school bus for handicapped children at the Grosse Ile Education
Department. At the age of 50, Thelma received her first motorcycle for
Mother’s Day, a Kawasaki 900. Thelma won the Long-Distance Award for
riding from Michigan to California on her first cross country
motorcycle trip where she drove her own bike. As members of the
Retread Motorcycle Club, George and Thelma spent summers traveling
west. Together, they drove more than 200,000 miles on their
motorcycles and in their recreational vehicle on an adventure,
enjoying this beautiful country.
After retirement in 1986, they left Michigan to head back west to
Yucca; 34 years ago, for the happiest part of their lives. Thelma’s
creativity expanded into making jewelry, using colorful, natural
stones, plus beading. Her painting included a 1st place Award at the
Mohave County Fair. When she finally sat in her favorite chair,
intricate cross-stitching kept her hands busy. Thelma’s favorite forms
of relaxation included many Spite & Malice card games, and weekly
domino Mexican Train evenings with her Yucca friends.
Ms. Ware is survived by three daughters; April Jolley of Lincoln Park,
Michigan, Eileen Fraser of Santa Monica, California and Tamra
Schenavar of Kingman, Arizona. Daughter; Georganne Ware passed in
1975. Grandchildren; Carrie Greshaw, Christopher Schenavar, Julia
Frazier, Joseph Jolley, Cherie Potter, Michael Jolley. Great-
grandchildren; Randi Lee Frazier, Evan Potter, Kylie Schenevar, Alex
Frazier, Raven Potter.
Due to national coronavirus issues, there will be no viewing or
services after the burial ceremony. Burial services are at 1 p.m. at
the Yucca Cemetery on Saturday, March 21.
Memorial contributions in Thelma Ware’s name can be made to the Yucca
Firefighters, P.O. Box 327, Yucca, AZ 86438 or Hope Haven, 2615
Chambers Ave., Kingman, Arizona 86401.
See Also: Find A Grave
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