Thelma Grace Weaver
July 28, 1924 – January 5, 2021
It is with great sadness that the family of Thelma Grace Weaver announces her passing on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Thelma passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Meadows of Dorchester at the age of 96 (forever 78 in her mind). Predeceased by the love of her life, Arthur and her youngest son Brian. Survived by her son Lawrence, daughter Diana (Dave), her grandchildren Sean, Kim (Anthony), Michael (Samantha), and Krista, great-grandchildren Brittany, Elise, Elijah, and her great-great-grandchild Carter. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.
We will all miss her love of music, singing and most importantly, her playful dancing antics. Thelma was a proud tap dancer during her youth, traveling with her father who accompanied her on the saxophone. Impressively known for acquiring the Mandarin language at the age of 78. Thelma was a devoted Jehovah's Witness Pioneer who dedicated much of her time sharing her religious beliefs with those who were interested.
The family would like to thank Dr. Hu and the staff of Meadows for their care and compassion during mum's stay.
Donations to Meadows of Dorchester or to a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.
A private family interment will take place at Fairview Cemetery.
- Meadows of Dorchester
Private Family Interment
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Saying goodbye to a Mother, Mother in law, Grandmother, Great grandmother and friend is never easy, especially to one as dynamic as Thelma Grace From humble beginnings a Star was born. Thelma developed a love for Show Biz if you will quite early on in her life. She was gifted with the talent to dance and perform. Many of Thelma's happy memories that she spoke of often, well into her years, were the defining moments of her time spent with her Adoring Father on the road as a traveling duo. The two of them entertained the crowds with her charm, grace, and tap dancing talent, while accompanied on the Saxophone by her father Bill. These experiences and memories were a great source of pride, comfort, and joy for Thelma but certainly no more than the Love of her Life Arthur Weaver, a strikingly handsome, tall, dark, rodeo running, trucking driving man who was pulled in by a wink and mustered up the courage to offer Thelma a ride home. From that moment, Thelma entranced Arthur with her beauty and grace and from there the continued pride, love, and joy evolved from their union through the birth and nurturing of their 3, equally beautiful children, Larry, Diana, and Brian. Larry, the lover of music who would compile the mixed tapes for Art and Thelma’s annual trips to Myrtle Beach, Diana, the lover of all things fun and fashionable and Brian the Jeep driving, dune buggy skidding natural fisherman who brought great joy to everyone's life with his vibrant eyes and sparkling smile.
Thelma and Art poured the foundation of their love into their newly built home on Rendall Crescent where not only was Thelma a hard-working, dedicated, and serious mother who ran a household like nobody’s business, she also truly helped Run a business. Thelma's amazing organizational abilities and dedicated professionalism helped Gales gas bars become as successful as they are today. Her hard-working, don't stop kind of work ethic was then installed into her children as well as her grand and great-grandchildren as I'm sure it will be for her Great, Great-grandchildren and generations to come.
This work ethic and theme of love and commitment also carried through to Thelma's love and devotion to not only her family but also to her faith. Thelma was a dedicated Pioneer in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses’. And witness she DID!!! Thelma spent endless hours reading, praying, attending services and conventions where she would eagerly take her Grandchildren who couldn't wait for Break time which always equated to delicious Danishes! Witnessing to her community was another commitment that Thelma took quite seriously. She was a warm, loving smile to many doorsteps. She was not boisterous, boastful, aggressive, or judgemental but rather a gentle friend who MANY people welcomed into their homes repeatedly to hear what she loved so much to share. Thelma was so dedicated to Witnessing that she even went to great lengths to learn and achieve an award in the ability to read, write and speak the Mandarin language in order to fulfill a request of a local Mandarin family that wished to study with her...all this at the young age of 78!
Thelma left us with a legacy of love. Love and respect for family, friends, music, dance, good times, Freddy fud puckers, the colour Pink, and who can forget Sunday dates with Lawrence Welk where she would showcase her sweet moves and passion for dancing.
When you visited her home and were blessed enough to be in the presence of both Thelma and Art there was always a foundation and presence of love and joy...yes...at times drama, squealing, expletives, and chastising such as "oh Art!" but at the root of it was always love joy and generosity.
Thelma and Art were always about their family. Even though Thelma was quite a rule follower and derived great comfort from following the expected rules of society and faith, nothing kept her and Art from supporting their children, especially their young daughter Diana and her spirited bunch of babies From diaper drop-offs to grocery pickups, lively Sunday dinners where there was always guaranteed at least one sighting of Art smacking Thelma's butt on her way by, all the way to the many trips to Myrtle Beach when Thelma and Art would regale us all with gifts of well thought out trendy clothing to tasty treats such as boiled peanuts and saltwater taffy.
These memories, as sad and brief as they May feel today, are the fabric of what this family is made of. We may be saying goodbye to the physical Thelma but not to her essence...we all carry her essence and Grace with us. This gravesite, this coffin(as beautiful and perfectly suited for Thelma as it is) is by no means her final resting place, no, that gift is left for the comfort and safety of our hearts, minds, and memories. So...honour Thelma, Mum, Gramma, Grams, GG by speaking of her often, maintain, carry on and share her legacy through living her truth which, in turn, is ours. Thank you Thelma for gifting us your legacy. We will carry it with us and give it the dignity, love, and respect it, and you deserve. Love you forever and always.
As Willy would say...It’s time for you to get “On the Road Again”...be sure to give Dad and Brian a big hug and smooch from us all. What a glorious reunion that must have been <3