Thelma Louise Godfrey was born the daughter of Lucien Lawrence “L.L.” McLeod and Lydia Jane (Higgins) McLeod on June 10, 1918, in Dallas, Texas, and departed this life December 2, 2015, in Huntington, Texas, at the age of 97 years.
She was united in marriage May 1, 1953, at Houston, Texas to Harry Lee Godfrey, who preceded her in death.
She is survived by one nephew, Jerry Reeves and wife, Elizabeth of Peoria, Arizona, and her treasured friends, Eddie and Joyce Burkett of Lufkin, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, L.L. and Lydia Jane McLeod; her husband, Harry Godfrey; one sister, Ruby Reeves; one brother, Clarence Blount; and two nephews, Donald Reeves and Roger Reeves.
Thelma was a world traveler, starting her journey at the very early age of 13 when she left home to visit her sister, Ruby in the state of California. During her lifetime she traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada.
Although Thelma’s trade was primarily a waitress, she also managed a hotel, traveled with a circus, lived in Florida on a houseboat, and finally moved to Mammoth Spring in the late 1950’s with her husband, Harry and became a farmer’s wife.
After the death of her husband, Thelma continued to live in Mammoth Spring with her sister, Ruby, until her move to Lufkin, Texas in 2007.
Although she had no children of her own, Thelma was a second mother to her three nephews, Donald, Roger, and Jerry Reeves.
She was of the Free Will Baptist faith and will be remembered as a devoted sister, loving aunt, and a loyal friend.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Godfrey will be held Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at 10:00 AM, in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri, with Brother Richard Robinson officiating.
The family will receive friends at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer on Monday evening, December 7th, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.
Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.