Thelma Whitmer, 95, of Steamboat Springs, passed away April 3 at the Doak Walker Care Center.
Thelma was born Sept. 10, 1914, in Denver to Roscoe and Marian (Wheeler) Wallis. At a young age, the family moved to Hahn’s Peak to establish a homestead. Thelma graduated from high school in Greeley.
On June 24, 1935, Thelma married Russell Whitmer, of Clark, and the couple made their home on Rainbow Park Ranch, where they ran a dairy and beef cattle ranch until Russell’s death June 19, 1975.
Although Thelma’s main occupation was that of a wife, mother, grandmother and a partner on the ranch, Thelma worked at the Routt County Hospital as a nurse’s aide for a short period and later became the postmaster for the Clark Post Office, a position she held for 20 years.
After retiring from the post office and moving to Steamboat, Thelma served on the Council on Aging for several years, working to improve the quality of life for those people advancing in age.
Thelma is survived by her son, Glen, and wife Jackie, of Crown Point, Ind.; daughter, Jacki, and husband Ron Lutz, of Lemont, Pa.; daughter, Cyndi, and husband Alan Osborn, of Grantville, Utah; and daughter, Diana, and husband Paul Hillewaert, of Elko, Nev.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, brothers Richard and Edward Wallis, sister Vera Doughty, son Gary and grandson Alan Ray Osborn.