Thelma Irene Rolen Hoyt was born to Ora Hollis Rolen and Rev. Jesse Everett Rolen on November 22, 1922, at Thayer, Missouri and departed this life on June 15, 2015, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri.
She was united in marriage to James Ard Hoyt on June 18, 1938.
She is survived by six children, Garry (Barbara) Hoyt of Paducah, Kentucky; Ruth (Rex) Stevens of Thayer; Janet (Calvin) Bowers of Thayer; Joe (Shelia) Hoyt of Thayer; Cynthia (Bud) Holloway of South Pekin, Illinois; Paul (Emily) Hoyt of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; twenty-five grandchildren; thirty-seven great grandchildren; thirteen great great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Virginia (Jack) Moberly of Jefferson City, Missouri and Melba (Jim) Geiger of Holcomb, Mississippi.
She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-eight years; her parents; one son, James Henry; one daughter, Dorothy Ann; three brothers, Wayne, Hurschel, and Charles Rolen; one sister, Esther Langley and one infant grandson.
Thelma was an amazing mother as she served her family. She worked hard at home making it a loving, peaceful place filled with the fragrance of Christ. She had a hug, a smile, and wholesome humor for all family and friends who visited. Always a hard worker and giving her all, in addition to keeping house, raising a family, and working on the farm, Thelma was employed at the local dress factory for twenty-eight years and was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
She was a wonderful cook, an excellent seamstress, making clothes for her children and grandchildren, and for a brief time, co-owned a bakery in Thayer.
When she opened her heart to the Lord at a young age, he had a plan for her, which will leave a legacy for many generations. Her love for the Lord flowed out of her like a waterfall from an everlasting spring. She faithfully worshiped at the Koshkonong Free Will Baptist Church until the Lord called her home.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Hoyt will be Saturday, June 20th, 2015, at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother John Holesapple officiating.
The family will receive friends Friday, June 19th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the funeral home chapel in Thayer.
Burial will be in the Arytown Cemetery near Thayer, with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in her memory, to the Gideons International and may be left at the funeral home.