Thelma Lucille Litton
December 20, 1930 – April 9, 2021
Thelma Heard Litton passed away on April 9, 2021 in Buda, TX at the age of 90. Thelma "Mimi" was dearly loved by her family and friends. She is survived by her two daughters, Kathryn Litton Gorman (John Gorman) of Buda, TX and Karen Litton Baskin (Doug Baskin) of Austin, TX. Mimi is also survived by two grandsons: Dr. Matthew Durham (Abbey Durham) of Los Alamos, NM; Daniel Durham of Austin, TX; and three granddaughters: Sarah Baskin Pocock (Loren Pocock) of Kyle, TX; and Laura Baskin Clingaman (Bristan Clingaman) of Kyle, TX; Abbie Durham (Tim Eitemiller) of Kyle, TX. Her great-grandchildren gave her much joy: Olivia and Brody Lewis, Randal Pocock; Sadie, Violet and Luke Durham; Brooklyn and Jaxon Eitemiller.
Thelma was born in Alabama on December 20, 1930 and moved to Arkansas when she was a small child. She was the 7th of 12 children, the first girl. She had nine brothers and two sisters! They picked/chopped cotton growing up -- everyone worked the fields as soon as they were able. Amazing how at times they didn't have a dime to their name, but Thelma said they always had enough food to eat. God is faithful! She would often tell us how God took care of them! Thelma moved to the big city of St. Louis with her best friend, Erma, where she later met and married Walter Litton -- she was 25 and Walt was 31 when they married. They had Kathy and Karen in St. Louis. She worked part-time at a restaurant, but mainly took care of the day-to-day home stuff, and cooked wonderful southern meals! She loved life, enjoyed games, family--just being around people. With a servant's heart, friendly countenance, and beautiful smile, she made everyone feel like they were special when they visited! When Walt took early retirement from Ford Motor Co. (30 years and out), they decided to move to Denton, TX where Thelma's brother James and sister-in-law Irene had recently relocated. Eventually the whole family ended up in Central Texas (Austin area). Sister Patsy and brother-in-law Mearl Gilliam were not too far away either (now Hewitt, TX). Most of her siblings' families are in Arkansas, one sister (Mary Heard Woods and family) in Spartansburg, South Carolina. Thelma and all the Heards were surprised through DNA testing to discover a niece living in Houston, TX -- Anna Arms! She was looking forward to introducing Anna to other family members in an Arkansas "cousin reunion" in June.
All five grandkids were born in Austin, Texas. Thelma and Walt enjoyed living close to their five grandkids. Thelma walked four miles a day for decades, hardly missing a day; enjoyed Scrabble Tournaments and later "Words with Friends." She also enjoyed gospel music and was learning to trust the Gospel for her life and for the lives of her children, in-laws/"outlaws," grands, great grands, etc. The Lord heard her prayers and took her in such an easy way: "TICKLE, TICKLE, TICKLE" were her last words on earth -- -and we're forever grateful to God and His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
A celebration of life/visitation will take place at: Cook-Walden Forest Oaks, 6300 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX on Sunday, April 18 at 2:00 PM.
Isaiah 57:1 -2 The just have perished, but no one takes it to heart; the steadfast are swept away, while no one understands. Yet the just are taken away from the presence of evil, and enter into peace; They rest upon their couches-- the sincere, who walk in integrity.
Romans 9:28 “For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness...”
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Thelma Lucille Litton
April 18, 2021
Karen and Kathy I am so sorry for the loss of your dear sweet Mother She was beautiful inside and out I’m so glad I got to visit with her in the Ozarks not too long ago She loved her daughters and their families very much my thoughts and prayers are with you all ❤️🙏
Bud /Nancy Eitemiller
April 13, 2021
Great lady! So full of life. Loved her family so much and they loved her as much. Played words with her but it was tuff. Too smart for me. Family has so many memories throughout the years. She will be missed but never forgotten. RIP. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
April 13, 2021
I sure miss Thelma. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.