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Thelma Choma

July 15, 2021


Thelma Choma

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mom, Thelma Choma on July 15, 2021.  Reaching the age of 86, she has experienced a lot of life.  From growing up in a loving family of fourteen kids in southern Manitoba, to getting on a train by herself in her early twenties to move across the country for work, to settling in our family home in the Melrose area, she worked many jobs and met many people. Mom worked as a teacher for one year, a nurse’s aid in two sanitoriums and a hospital, and as a market gardener with our dad (Ted).  Her chosen career was being a psychiatric nurse which she was for many years. 

Mom and Dad raised four children of their own, Karen (Marshall), Terri, Ken, and Patty (Mark), who will carry on the recipes, traditions, gardening, and work ethic we were taught.  Grandma will always be remembered by Lyndsay (James) and Kelsey for the books she read with them, the food she made, and the sweets she shared.  The Christmas table grew in recent years to include Skylar, Josh, Matthew, Makayla and Eric and Mom enjoyed spoiling them all.    

After all her years of work, Mom was happiest at home, surrounded by her family, her flower beds, and garden-fresh vegetables.  If you are lucky, you may have one of her knitted or embroidered pieces. If you are even more fortunate, you have been asked to solve a crossword clue or unscramble some Jumble letters with her.  Mom’s hands were never idle, and her mind was always sharp. 

Mom never wanted to be the center of attention so we will hold a private interment.  In lieu of flowers, please consider planting a rose bush in your own garden, teaching your kids a recipe, or learning how to knit something to give away.  

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