OLIVER, Thelma Irene. Passed peacefully into the Lord’s presence from Tabor Home on December 2, 2012. Thelma was born in Red Deer, Alberta on Jan. 23, 1923 to Ellen & William McLean, the 2nd of 6 children. Around the age of 9, during the depression, her father passed away leaving her mother with the 6 children to maintain the farm. Thelma left the farm at the age of 20 and pursued her studies in Edmonton & Vancouver. During this time she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour and had a great desire to serve Him by telling others about Him. She attended the Vancouver Bible Institute and the Missionary Health Institute in Lansing, Ont. Thelma left for India in December 1952 spending Christmas on board the ship. She served almost 40 years in India. It was in India that Thelma met her sweetheart Tom Oliver. They were married for almost 3 years when Tom passed away from cancer. Thelma leaves to mourn her sister, Phyllis, of Abbotsford, Sister-in-law Lena of Winnipeg MB, and sister-in-law Pauline of Nanaimo, BC. She will also be greatly missed by 2 nieces and 8 nephews, their spouses and children.
A celebration of Thelma’s life will be held Thursday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. in the Clearbrook Mennonite Brethren Church, 2719 Clearbrook Rd., Abbotsford, BC. Refreshments to follow. With thanks, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clearbrook M.B. Church South Asia Project.