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Thelma Collier, 85

Thelma  Collier, 85 years, 10 months, and 11 days old of Bartonville, Ill.,  passed to Heaven on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at Farmington Country Manor in Farmington, Ill.

Thelma was born Jan. 13, 1928 in Keltner, Mo.,  to Virgil and Maggie (Chapman) Horner.

She married the love of her life, Noah Collier on Oct. 4, 1948 in Harrison, Ark.  Noah and Thelma had 63 loving years together.  They were blessed with two children.

In her earlier years Thelma worked at Belwood Nursing Home and recieved the Employee of the Year Award. Thelma was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and  the American Legion Ladies Auxilary Post # 979 of Bartonville, Ill. She enjoyed bowling and watching the Chicago Cubs.

Thelma was known for her flower gardens, her beautiful crocheting and her love for her family. She always had a kind word for everyone she met. Thelma will be remembered for her beautiful smile and the love she showed to everyone. Her family will miss her tremendously.

Thelma was preceded by her parents; her loving husband, Noah; two brothers, Leon and Cleon; and two sisters, Dorothy Howerton and Marie Locklear.

Thelma is survived by her son Larry and wife Trina Collier, Pella, Iowa;  her daughter,  Janice Collier, Bartonville, Ill., and fiancé  Russell Varney, Forsyth, Mo.; two grandchildren, Benjamin Collier, Denver, Colo., and Amanda and husband Brandon Albritton, Farmerville, La.; three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Chance and Bentley,  Farmerville, La.; and one sister, Barbara Horner, Forsyth, Mo.

Thelma’s family would like to express heartfelt thanks to Farmington Country Manor for the loving care they provided to her.

Funeral services for Thelma will be Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in the  Clinkingbeard Chapel, Ava, Mo., with burial in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery. Officiating will be Pastor Oren Alcorn. Memorials may be made to Farmington Country Manor for activity outings.

Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral home.com.

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