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Thelma Jane Park Case

Monday, September 29, 2008

Thelma Jane Park Case, 80, of Marshall, Missouri, died Friday, September 26, 2008 at The Living Center in Marshall.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, at First Christian Church in Marshall with Rev. Mike Brown officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Presbyterian Cemetery near Napton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.

Thelma was born Dec. 3, 1927, in Marion, Ohio, and was the daughter of the late Lyman Park and Flossie Pickering Park. She was a graduate of Mattoon High School and then received special ministerial studies with the Illinois Disciples of Christ and later became an LPN through the Nursing Department of the Vocational School in Marshall. On May 9, 1952, Thelma married Floyd W. Case who survives of the home. She had lived in Marshall the last 35 years and was a member of First Christian Church where she was Elder Emeritus. During her life, Thelma's passion was ministry. She fulfilled that calling in numerous ways from being a minister, speaker, LPN, working at the St. Louis Children's Home and being an author.

As a minister, Thelma served the following churches in Illinois: Keithsville Christian Church, Gilson Community Church, Delong Congregation Church, and Rapatee Union Church. In Missouri she ministered at: Sweet Springs Christian Church, Hale Christian Church, Concord Christian Church (near Arrow Rock), and Memorial Presbyterian Church near Napton.

Thelma's husband, Floyd, made the following observation on Thelma's authorship. "Thelma found personal gratification and identity in authoring the book 'The Black Iron Fence.' This book may seem like an unlikely story of a girl who was fenced from many of the normal events of life and exposed to many of the abnormal experiences of childhood. It describes how many positive choices helped her to overcome the effects of an abusive and neglected childhood. It demonstrated her skill to secure special, confidential information from governmental and social service agencies, from child court records and child care homes. Through this, she learned of parentage and relatives. While it seemed like an unlikely story, it led her to expose altered official documents and helped her find persons to know her personal identity."

In 2006 Thelma and Floyd received the Al Bunch Humanitarian Award. This award from the Mental Health Association of Saline County was in recognition for countless acts of kindness and care for the citizens of Saline County and all humanity.

In addition to her husband, Thelma leaves the following survivors to celebrate her life; her children, Ruth Barber of Blackjack, Missouri, Rebecca J. Hodge of O'Fallon, Missouri, John W. Case of Rockwall, Texas and Deborah Case of St. Peters, Missouri; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Chuck Riedmiller of Columbus, Ohio.

Additional information provided per family recompense.