Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Thelma Tomandao Chew

January 5, 1947May 4, 2020

Thelma Tomandao Chew, 73, of Fort Smith, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020. She was born January 5, 1947 in Manila, Philippines to Fidel and Maria Tomandao. She was retired from St. Edward Mercy Medical Center and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a sister, Jean Chaunsumlit; a brother, Edoy Tomandao; and a half-brother, Fidelito Tomandao.

There will be a Rosary said at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with the Memorial Mass to follow at 10:30 A.M. Inurnment will be at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Columbarium. Due to COVID 19, proper social distancing will be observed. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.

She is survived by her husband, Eddie, of the home; her daughter, Chriselda Chew of Los Angeles, CA; her son, Eduardo Chew and his wife Anna, of Bentonville, AR; two brothers, Bobby Tomandao of Lincoln, AR and Motto Tomandao of Los Angeles, CA.

Viewing will be from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.


  • Eddie Chew, Husband
  • Chriselda Chew, Daughter
  • Eduardo Chew and his wife Anna, Son
  • Fidel and Maria Tomandao, Parents (deceased)
  • Jean Chaunsumlit, Sister (deceased)
  • Edoy Tomandao, Brother (deceased)
  • Bobby Tomandao, Brother
  • Motto Tomandao, Brother
  • Fidelito Tomandao., Half brother (deceased)

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  • Viewing

    Friday, May 8, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020

  • Memorial Mass

    Tuesday, May 12, 2020


  • Inurnment


Thelma Tomandao Chew

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Marian (Murphy) Lippard

May 12, 2020

I was a MT student at St. Edward's in 1980. Thelma and Eddie were some of the best instructors. They also provided friendship for those of us far from home. I have never forgotten their genuine interest and concern for the students. I only recently reconnected through Facebook and am deeply saddened to hear this news. With love, Marian

geneva stover

May 8, 2020

Arthur Hopkins once said "there is a wealth of unexpressed love in the world. It is one of the chief causes of sorrow evoked by death: what might have been said or done that never can be said or done." Thelma was much loved. I will miss her. Geneva.

Ginger Rome

May 8, 2020

Kimberly Sparks

May 8, 2020

So grateful to have met the Chews on many occasions. The warmth and love from them always made me feel welcome in their home. My heart goes to the family during this time.

Kyle Sparks

May 8, 2020

I have so many cherished memories growing up with a great friend in my neighbourhood (Chriselda) whose family opened their arms to me so often as I was growing up and played and hung out at their house. I remember Thelma as the most loving, fun, kindest person, and I always felt at home with the Chews. One of my favourite memories was getting dressed up for Halloween in a plasticky skeleton costume that ripped open, and Thelma helped fix the costume so I could trick or treat and not be embarrassed! That was one of many, many fun and fond memories I have from spending time with the Chew family growing up. She will be dearly missed and my heart aches for Chriselda, Eddie, Eduardo and the rest of her family.

Debbie/Jerry Zouzas

May 6, 2020

Eddie. I have known yall for such a long time (from the dental office) - the kids were so small then. Thelma was the best! I never saw her without a smile. She loved her family!! My prayers are with each of you

The Phamily Pham

May 6, 2020

Momma Chew:

Your humor, unconditional love, and continuous support through out so many peoples lives will be greatly missed.

You have touched so many lives in such powerful and loving ways....especially mine.

Our families embraced each other from the moment Chriselda and I met. We were both accepted into the Pham and Chew families immediately as sisters and constantly reminded to be good to each other even if we fight, take care of one another, and don’t forget to embrace the Asian traditions. Some of my fondest memories: (1) when you and my mother always tell us, “why can’t you be more like Chriselda? Why don’t you be more like Jasmine.” :D We would all laugh so hard. We so asian! (2) you teasing Chriselda and I for not making better decisions at times and laughing with us through out our journeys in life.

My fondest memory is how loving and compassionate you are to those around you. During some of the toughest times in my life, through Chriselda; you made sure to take care of me when I was really sick since you were so far away. Chriselda would call me everyday. “Did to eat? Do you need medicine? Momma Chew yelled at me only calling you once a day.” Meanwhile Chriselda and I, like sisters giggle in the background on how cute you are.

It is an understatement.....we will miss you incredibly on this earth. However, this is not a forever good bye... it’s a “we will see you soon our little angel momma chew..” We love you.

Roy Mathis

May 6, 2020

I have many happy memories of working with Thelma at St. Edwards. She was always pleasant, funny, and helpful. My prayers are with Eddie and the family.

Jennifer King

May 5, 2020

I never had the pleasure of meeting Thelma in person but I know she was amazing because she raised one outstanding daughter who I am so blessed to call my friend. May her memory live forever in the hearts and minds of those she loved and those who loved her.

Jean Turic

May 5, 2020

I worked at St Edward/ Mercy Hospital for 38 years. I would always make ait a point to stop and see Thelma in the lab. She was such a friendly, and happy person. You couldn't help but smile every time you spoke with her. I'm so sorry for your loss.


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