Kenai resident Thelma Jean Stahly died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in Paradise, Calif. She was 84.
Mrs. Stahly was born Nov. 24, 1926, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Glenn and Rose Kipp. With her older brother Glenn and a younger sister Evelyn, the family moved to California around 1940. Mrs. Stahly graduated from a one room school in the small town of Rumsey, just west of Sacramento.
Ms. Stahly's family later moved to Vallejo, Calif., and she married Lloyd Tanner in 1947. The couple had one son, Stephen. She later married William Decker and they had a daughter, Karen.
Mrs. Stahly worked for several years delivering telegrams for Western Union in addition to raising her children. She married Dale Daffern in 1957 and they had a daughter named Teresa and step-son, Richard.
After her children were grown Mrs. Stahly moved to Paradise, Calif., to help and be near her parents. There she met and married Dan Stahly and traveled around the country, attending rock and gem shows and enjoying life. She lived in Alabama with her oldest daughter Karen for several years. Then in 2005 she moved to Alaska to be near her oldest son, Steve.
Her family said: "Alaska was a happy time for her. She lived at Chuda House in Kenai, and had many friends and people who cared for her. She was involved in the Salvation Army and loved God, always had a smile and pleasant word for everyone, and enjoyed reading her Bible and going to Bible study. Thelma liked to go fishing whenever she could and loved to spend hours building puzzles. We loved her so much and she will be with us forever in memory. God Bless You, Mom!"
Mrs. Stahly was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Rose Kipp, and her sister and brother, Evelyn Barnes and Glenn Kipp Jr.
Mrs. Stahly is survived by two daughters, Teresa Moniz and Karen Rominger of Paradise, Calif.; a son, Steve Tanner, of Nikiski; and a step-son, Richard Daffern, of California.; six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
A private graveside service was held in Paradise, and she was buried with her parents there.
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