Thelma Viola Bainbridge was born Aug. 15, 1922, on the family farm near Kingsley, the daughter of Roscoe and Viola (Sheeler) Vannorsdel. She attended country school and later graduated from Pierson High School.
In 1941, Thelma and Harland Bainbridge were united in marriage at the Methoidst Parsonage in Kingsley. The couple made their home on a farm near Kingsley.
Thelma was a homemaker as well as assisting Harland with farming.
Harland died May 19, 1984. Thelma moved into Kingsley that fall. She would later move to the Kingsley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in 2007.
Thelma was a member of the Kingsley United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. She taught Sunday School, was a choir member, participated in circle, United Methodist Women and served as secretary/treasurer for many years.
In her spare-time, Thelma enjoyed gardening, playing cards and enjoyed activities with the Red Hat Society. She also loved to play the piano and sing.
She will be lovingly remembered by her son, Dennis and his wife, Myrna of New Meadows, Idaho; two grandchildren, Michelle Cronin and her husband, Greg of Blue Springs, Mo., and Scott Bainbridge and his wife, Danielle of Boise, Idaho and their mother Judy Bainbridge of South Sioux City, Neb.; three great-grandchildren, Avery, Reid and Wilson Harland Bainbridge of Boise, Idaho; a step-brother, Vernon Gross of Kingsley; sisters-in-law, Bernice Vannorsdel of Kingsley, and Irene Vannorsdel of Dubuque; brothers-in-law, Vance Bainbridge of Kingsley and Russell "Bud" Bainbridge of Iowa City; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harland; a sister, Charlotte (Pratt) Furch; brothers, Paul (Evelyn) Vannorsdel, Max (Irene) Vannorsdel and Donald Vannorsdel; a half-brother Dana (Shirley) Vannorsdel; a step-sister, Elda (Darrel) Shever; and step-brothers Claude (Ruby) Gross and Helen (Howard) Page.
Funeral services be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Kingsley United Methodist Church. The Rev. Roger Kurtenbach will officiate. Burial will follow at the Kingsley Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Johnson -- Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. The family will be present from 6-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service on Friday.
Memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.