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June 19, 2008

(9/27/1920 – 6/14/2008)

Thelma Mae Slocum, 87, of Memphis, MO, passed away Saturday evening, June 14, 2008, in the Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

The daughter of Otto Noah and Nellie Elsie (Bennett) Jones, she was born on September 27, 1920, in LaHarpe, IL. Her schooling and majority of her life was spent in Illinois until her marriage to Max Slocum on July 27, 1939 in Keokuk, IA.

Thelma was a homemaker and enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and the time spent together at family dinners. She enjoyed making quilts for the children and grandchildren. She always stressed the importance of loving one another.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Memphis.

Preceding her in death were her parents; twin daughters in infancy; one brother, Wendell Jones; and one sister, Viola Leebold and her husband Millard.

Survivors include her husband, Max of Memphis, MO; one daughter, Marilyn and husband Jim Paris of Memphis, MO; two sons, Mark Slocum and wife Terrie of Kansas City, MO and Michael Slocum and wife Gerri of Ft. Madison, IA; five grandchildren, Lisa and husband Lance Rogers of O’Fallon, MO, Jeffrey Tague of Queen City, MO, and Kelly, Carley and Matthew Slocum of Lee’s Summit, MO; six great- grandchildren, Lauren, Eric and Elizabeth Rogers, and Derek, Mason and Kyle Tague; three step-great-grandchildren, Mady, Maya and Kade; one sister-in-law, Luella Jones of Memphis, MO; nephews, Gary Leebold and wife Vera and family and David Leebold of Dallas City, IL; and a host of friends and neighbors.

Private family services were held on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 in the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis, MO with Reverend Ernest Deatrick officiating. Special music was provided by Ann Luther, organist and Schelle Cooley, soloist.

Memorials were suggested to the Scotland County Nutrition Site and may be left at or mailed to Gerth Funeral Service, 115 South Main, Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to Mrs. Slocum’s family at

Arrangements were handled by Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.

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