Thelma McDonnell Jeter Thurman, age 85, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Grace Care Center in Olney, Texas. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in the chapel of Lunn Funeral Home in Olney, Texas, with Chad Edgington, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating, assisted by Scotte Clark of Olney. Interment followed in the Restland Cemetery in Olney, Texas. Arrangements were under the direction of Lunn Funeral Home of Olney.

Thelma was born Feb. 11, 1929, in Double Mountain, Texas, of Stonewall County to the late Quincey Truman and Opal Harvey (Agnew) McDonnell. She was a graduate of Aztec, N.M., High School class of 1948. She married Harold “Major” Jeter on Sept. 17, 1948, in Portales, N.M. He preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 1972. She later married Arlin Thurman on Sept. 16, 1977, at the Young County Courthouse in Graham, Texas. He preceded her in death in July 1984.  She moved to Olney in 1975 from Gig Harbor, Wash., and worked for nine years in the laundry department at Seven Oaks Nursing Home and for 15 years in housekeeping at Hamilton Hospital. Thelma was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Olney.


Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, and one sister, LaVern Fletcher. 

Thelma is survived by her three sons: Kenneth Jeter of Olalla, Wash., Larry Jeter and wife Pat of Blanco, N.M., and Ralph Jeter and wife, Shirley, of Olney, Texas; one daughter, LaDene Whitaker and husband, Dexter, of Olney, Texas; one brother, Q.T. McDonnell and wife, Montene, of Conne, Ark.; 16 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family visitation was held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the funeral home.   

The family suggests memorials be made to Solaris Hospice, 2250 South FM 51, Decatur, Texas 76234 or to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 734, Olney, Texas 76374.