OBITUARY

Thelma McCall

November 25, 1929March 11, 2019

Thelma (Guild) McCall, 89, of Lima, passed away 2:38 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2019 at The Springs of Lima. She was born in Nephi, Utah on November 25, 1929 8th child of Edward L. and Mable Elizabeth (Carter) Guild. On September 3, 1948, in Los Angeles, California she married Robert Louis McCall, they were sealed in the St. George Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on March 19, 1949. After 66 years of marriage Robert passed away May 29, 2014.

Thelma was also preceded in death by her parents, siblings and one grandson Michael Louis McCall. She is survived by her children, Monte (Kathie) McCall of Grand Junction CO, Susan (Dennis) Smith of Lima OH, Tim (Sharon) McCall of Ogden UT and Michelle (Carlos) Westarp of Bismarck ND, by twenty-four of her grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren.

Thelma was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was a wonderful homemaker, mother and grandmother. She studied fashion design and was talented in many artistic mediums. She loved cooking and entertaining, gardening, sewing, crafts of all types, fishing with her late husband, and interior design. She also earned her real estate license and worked fulltime with her husband in that field in their early retirement years.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints 1195 Brower Rd. where visitation will be one hour prior. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Bluffton. These arrangements are under the direction of SIFERD-ORIANS FUNERAL HOME.

Memorial contributions can be made to the General Missionary Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Online condolences can be made at www.siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com

Services

23 March

Visitation

10:00 am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Relief Society Room

1195 Brower Rd
Lima, OH 45801

23 March

Funeral Service

11:00 am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

1195 Brower Rd
Lima, OH 45801

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Biography

She had a true talent for helping others reach their full potential and brought out the best in those who sought her help. Thelma was a forward-looking woman whose personality was filled with empathy toward everyone she met. She could be quiet and reserved, but her style of communication was authentic and direct. An excellent communicator, Thelma was a master at using imagery when she explained her ideas and concepts. She seemed to have an endless supply of innovative concepts and strategies for how to help those around her. Her sensitivity, kindness and generous attitude made her a wonderful friend for all who knew her.

      From the time she was born on November 25, 1929, Thelma showed a deep concern for others. She was a giving and caring individual, ethical and full of integrity and warmth. Thelma came into this world at home in Nephi, Juab, Utah. Her parents were Edward L Guild and Mabel Elizabeth Carter Guild. Thelma was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.

      Because fellowship was so important to her, Thelma promoted harmony with her siblings. She was raised with 7 siblings. Mabel Lucille, Fern Clara, Curtis Edward, Gilbert Loraine, Alice Laura, Ray John, Donna Pearl. Thelma was something of the family diplomat. She helped to settle problems and conflicts and kept the family running smoothly.

      As a young girl, Thelma interacted well with other children. She was helpful. She was an independent person who had a vivid imagination. Thelma had a number of interests in her youth. She was an active child. Thelma Thelma enjoyed roller skating; she skated all over Salt Lake City, but she particularly enjoyed skating around Holy Cross Hospital which was directly across the street from her home. Thelma's family was not active at church, but she would often go with her neighbor friends because she loved to go to church. Thelma had a glass doll she loved to play with, but it was tragically lost in a home fire.

      A good student who was enthusiastic about learning, Thelma was considered by many to be a high achiever. She graduated from West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1946 from Burbank High Lost Angeles, California. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite courses and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was art and design.

      Thelma's talents in writing proved to be an asset for her during her college years. She excelled in classes, even in some subjects that didn’t particularly interest her. Thelma became known to her peers as a seeker of wisdom who appreciated all types of courses, especially those in Liberal Arts which allowed her to build on her remarkable retention of general knowledge. She enrolled in fashion design at the Hollywood School of Fashion.

      Able to maintain a positive focus on the potential good to be found in others, Thelma was always ready with solid advice and guidance to offer her group of friends. She was generally friendly to all who knew her, yet to some she seemed quite independent. For those who really knew Thelma, they recognized that she could be full of surprises. Thelma enjoyed a small but solid group of true friends. She would willingly support those friends when they needed it. Because of her ability to read people, she had an uncanny knack for knowing when a friend needed help. She often spoke of her Jewish friend, Beverly; they were soul mates and lived very close to each other on 13th East. She had many close friends in the North Hollywood Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who went on to be leaders in the church: Jimmy Pratt, Howard W Hunter, Paul Dunn, Hugh Smith, and her cousin Daken Broadhead.

      Thelma was romantic, even poetic at times. She was completely devoted to family and friends, able to show her emotions without going overboard about it. On They dated and taught primary together. They were married on September 3, 1948. Thelma exchanged wedding vows with Robert "Bob" Louis McCall at In the "Wee Kirk 'O the Heather" Chapel at Forest Lawn, Glen Dale, Los Angeles, California. They were sealed for time and all Eternity in the St. George Temple on March 19, 1949.

      All who knew her would agree that there was a certain kind of magic in how Thelma was able to bond with her children. While she could be a firm disciplinarian, she could also fill the role of being a collaborator with her kids. Thelma was always a mentor who helped her family reach its full potential. Thelma was blessed with 4 children, Monte Lee, Susan Rae, Timothy Andrew, and Michelle Lynn. They were also blessed with 25 Grandchildren: Monte Lee McCall Jr. (Kimi), Michael Louis MccCall, Julie-Anne (Sherman) Alexander, Mande Leigh (Tim) Gabelson, Sean Patrick McCall (Kelli Jo), Rhonda Ann McCall; Brandon Ray Smith (Sharidan), Jennifer Miranda (Jason) Reese, Jessica Jean (Peter) Clarke, Rulon Carter Smith (Lindsey), Chelsanne Elizabeth (Samuel) Cannon, Nathaniel Christian Smith (Abigail), Natasha Lena Smith, IvanRobert Sergei Smith; Holden Andrew McCall (Shelbi), Bransen James McCall, Alexis Rose McCall, Andrew Vaughan McCall; Carmen Carolita Westarp, Micah Robert Westarp, Hannelle Elizabeth Westarp, Rhiley Westarp, Stephen Westarp., Great-Grandchildren: Bridger J McCall,Madilyn Ruth McCall, Sherman Carter Alexander, Christopher Michael Alexander, Matthew Steven Alexander, Nicholas William Alexander, Annelyn Rose Alexander,Marcus Donald Gabelson, Ava Rose Gabelson, Sheali Jo McCall, Joni Lee McCall, Katee Rose McCall, Elizabeth Loa McCall, Taycie Rae Smith, Kambrie Morgan Smith, Rylie Elizabeth Smith, Brody R Smith, Elise Che' Reese, Chauncey Steven Reese, Robert Dennis Reese, Teagan Joseph Reese, Kobe Carter Clarke, Longan Jeffrey Clarke, Bailee Abigail Clarke, Shivley Marie Smith,Carter McDaniel Smith, Claire Roxalana Smith, Liam Jeffrey Smith, Raelyn Christine Smith, Sawyer Mae Cannon, Reagan Westarp, Malan K McCall, Tessa Sage McCall.

      Thelma projected a subtle but positive influence in her workplace. She was comfortable working behind the scenes to help everyone get their job done, and she worked hard at all times to help others to reach their highest potential. While her colleagues did not view her as a high-spirited type, Thelma was effective at working with others to gain acceptance for her ideas. Thelma could be a perfectionist at times, but wasn’t one to seek out personal recognitions. She possessed excellent insight and a strong ability to meet schedules. She was an innovator who worked well independently, and she enjoyed the task of meeting a constant array of challenges. Thelma was first a mother and homemaker. She stayed home a cared for her children and kept a clean and inviting home. Thelma did all of the billing and receptioning for Robert's businesses: Country Club Auto Mechanics, and Country Club Auto Body in Beverly Hills California, McCall's Motor City in Grand Junction Colorado. She worked along side him as a Realtor while he brokered for ERA Real Estate in Hemet, California.

      As an imaginative and inventive person, Thelma was comfortable showing her creative spirit. She enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Once Thelma took on a new project, she saw it through to its completion. Thelma enjoyed all types of art; she was an accomplished oil and watercolor artist she made ceramics and stained glass. She was an expert seamstress, tried her hand at knitting, crochetting, tatting, and she was always willing to teach her daughters and their friends those skills. She decorated cakes, baked bread for her neighbors, made sure those without had what they needed all in her private artful way. She loved crafts she mastered paper mache', formed and created all kinds of resin pieces, refinished furniture in whatever style was going to soon be in (always a step ahead of the crowd). She used these skill to help those who were in need. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Thelma was a woman with clear convictions and high principles, and her faith was important to her. She was an inspiration to many people who recognized her sense of commitment and esteem for others. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her grandfather and Great-grandfather worked to build the Manti and St. George Temples, after crossing the plains in handcart companies and wagon trains. Thelma was active in her church Relief Society organization, heading up many church parties, fundraisers, meetings, and dinners at the Ward and Stake levels, always making a grand event for those involved. With scrumptious meals, breath taking decorations, and meaningful lessons, she never did anything halfway. From thousands of giant paper-roses, handmade straw flower covered hats, stringing real flower leis, building Tiki huts, and carnival caravans., sewing every era: cave man to star trek, costumes for road shows to hand painted baby dolls to crossing the plains on youth pioneer treks, her handy work brought happiness and a sense of caring to those who participated.

      Thelma possessed strong skills in long-range planning and project completion, a quality that positively influenced her travel and vacation planning. Favorite vacations included June Lake California, Lake Mead Navada, Beaver Creek Utah, Lake Powell, Blue Mesa Colorado, the Salton Sea and Pacific Deep Sea fishing trips. Spending time on the beach or hiking in the mountains. In their later years, they loved spending time with their grandchildren where ever they lived.

      Thelma was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Thelma's favorites was Its seems they always had a dog but Thelma had one favorite pet named "Muffy", an apricot toy poodle who remained by her side for many years. She and Bob later had two yorkies they loved consecutively Romeo and Bordeaux.

       Thelma suffered from Parkinsons for the last 10 years of her life. It wasn't severe until the end, but it did preclude her from doing most of the things she loved to do. With the lost of balance and mobility and the constant tremors, she could do little of the things that meant so much to her throughout her life. Thelma's earthly tabernacle rests in Maple Grove Cemetery in Bluffton ,Allen, Ohio next to that of her Eternal companion, Bob.

      Though she could be a private person at times, Thelma was always able and willing to give of herself. She was so in tune with others that she often seemed able to read their minds. Thelma carried with her an almost mystical sense of life. She was a person who was highly original in her thinking and used metaphors and symbols to describe many aspects of her life.