Thelma Nixon was born November 16, 1912 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late George and Mary Thompson. She went home to be with the Lord peacefully on October 5, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was 106 years old.
She received her formal education in the public and vocational schools in Pennsylvania. She was the middle child of three siblings.
Being the daughter of very religious parents, she learned to love the Lord at an early age. She was baptized by Rev. C. Jordan of Cana Galilee Baptist Church, which was started in her mother’s home (her mother was Mary Yates at that time).
Thelma was employed by the Blum Store (13th & Chestnut Streets) and received a storewide citation for the most pleasant employee with her picture displayed throughout the store.
She received awards and certificates from the Chapel of The Four Chaplains, designing and pattern making (Tracy and Warner School of Design), tailoring at BOK Vocational School and advanced study in dress making.
Thelma retired from the Philadelphia General Hospital as a seamstress and received a citation for outstanding performance.
In 1932, Thelma joined the Tasker Street Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Henry T. McCrary. She was a dedicated member of the senior choir for over 65 years. She attended B.Y.P.U. and served as secretary of the pastor’s aid and reorganized them under the leadership of Rev. James A. Lovett, II. During her tenure, after much prayerful consideration, The Motto: Love, Care, Act (L.C. A.) was adopted. She served as president for 16 years before retiring.
After moving to Delaware “Nana,” as she was called by her church family, joined Pilgrim Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Lonnie E. Rector. She attended Super Sixties Bible Study and Sunday School faithfully. Nana was the oldest member of the church and ironically was the same age as the church. Marcella Patton from day one became Nana’s friend and looked out for her making sure she was ok; when Marcella relocated her mother, Joyce White stepped into that role.
In April of 2018, Thelma relocated to Arizona to be with her grandson and eventually found a new church home and, with Pastor Rector’s blessing, she became a member of First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix, under the leadership of Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. She enjoyed going to church. Evangelist Lorraine Williams was very helpful in caring for Nana and taking her under her wing as a new member.
She loved people and was never too upset to give a smile or a kind word. She was affectionately called “Nanny” by her family. She was devoted to her family and loved them dearly. Many lives were touched by her in a very positive way and her memory will be fondly cherished by all who knew her.
Thelma was the mother of one daughter, Hilda Evans, who preceded her in death.
Thelma leaves five devoted grandchildren, Quentin Rainear (Joyce Bailey), Gene Rainear (Shellia), Ingrid “Mary” Evans, Thelma “Angel” Long (Tyrone), and Patricia Williams (Augustus); 15 great grandchildren, Michele Rainear, Tomika Rainear, Quentin Rainear, Jr., Prince Rainear, Seyon Rainear , Dawn Rainear, Joel Rainear , Chandler Rainear, Andre Evans, Brandon Miller, Augustus Williams, Jr., Angel Williams, Michael Williams, Jerry Williams, and Hilton Williams; great-great grandchildren, Korban Rainear, Honovi Rainear, Kaelumi Rainear, Erendirani Rainear, Waphtall Rainear, Naseim Evans, Zoey Evans, and Elias Miller; one dear niece, Marizona Davis; two dear cousins, Idella Hamm and Arlene Gould; a faithful sister-in-law, Dolores Fields, a special friend, Joyce White, and a host of cousins and friends.
Her Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be 11 am on Monday, November 4, 2019 at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1325 Barksdale Road, Newark 19711, with a visitation from 10-11 am.
Her burial will be 12 noon on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in Rolling Green Memorial Park,1008 West Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382.
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