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Thelma White


November 17, 1947
July 1, 2020

Memorial Service Private Services - Irvin Macz Funeral Home followed by Rite of Christian Burial - St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Sandoval

Thelma Louise “Sis” White, 72, of Centralia passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in the loving care of her family at her home in Centralia. She was born on November 17, 1947 the daughter of Joseph and Thelma (Kelly) Dickens in St. Louis, MO. She married the love of her life, Stanley White on October 22, 1965 in Mt. Vernon. The couple renewed their vows on their 25th wedding anniversary at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centralia in the company of friends and family. Stanley survives in Centralia.

Along with her husband of 54 years, Stanley White, survivors include her loving children, Shelia White of Centralia, and Brian White (Nicole) of Paducah, KY; precious grandchildren, Gaelin and Ilisa White of Paducah, KY; caring siblings, George Dickens (Denise) of Lebanon, MO, Mary Beth Kapp (Jim) of Collinsville, Il, and Judy Ann Towler (Doug) of Sandoval; special aunt, Bonnie Richeson; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mrs. White was preceded in death by both her parents; and her brother, Joe Dickens.

Mrs. White was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centralia. Thelma had a true talent for sewing and was a loyal employee of Phyllis Fabric where she was a seamstress. She also had the opportunity to do alterations for formal wear, including wedding dresses, prom dresses and Centralia May Fete dresses. Thelma had a mind for learning new skills and went back to school to become a CNA. As a CNA she showed compassionate care for the residents at Fireside Nursing Home in Centralia. She retired from SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital after working as a phlebotomist for 18 years. During her retirement, Thelma found time to flex her creative muscles through quilting, and crafting. Thelma will be remembered as a wonderful wife, and a caring mother. Her grandchildren were her joy and she cherished the time she was able to watch them grow.

Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia is privileged to be assisting the family of Thelma White with arrangements. A private memorial service will be held at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia. Rite of Christian Burial will follow with Rev. Fr. Steven Pautler officiating at St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery in Sandoval. Memorials may be made in Thelma’s honor to Knights of Columbus and/or the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home. Online condolences and memories of Thelma may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.