Thelma Grace Adams, 94, daughter of the late Hannah Garnetta (Yeity) and Wilmer Althouse, was born on May 22, 1918, in Reading, Pa. She was also the stepdaughter of Raymond Hin-kel. He was the only father she really knew and she considered him her real father.
She was the widow of Albert Frank Adams, who passed away in 1980.
She was predeceased by her brother, Raymond Y. Hinkel, and her sister, Mabel Hinkel Wright.
She is survived by her sister, Jeanette Hinkel Field of Delaware.
She was also predeceased by her brothers, Robert Althouse and Jack Althouse; and sisters, Joan Althouse and Catherine Althouse.
One brother, Richard Althouse, also survives.
She was the mother of three daughters: Carolyn A. Tibbetts, widow of John H. Tibbetts, of Exeter Township, Janet B. Kelly of Lancaster, Pa., and Sally L. Adams of Ridgecrest, Cali-fornia.
She is also survived by her grandchildren: Lynn A. Wilson, wife of Christopher M. Wilson, of Pennside, John H. Tibbetts Jr., husband of Alicia Tibbetts, of Exeter Township, and Joseph A. Tibbetts, husband of Mary Li Tibbetts, of Exeter Township, and Jose M. Diaz of Exeter Township.
She is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Jeremy T. Tibbetts, Chase P. Wilson, Reece J. Wilson, Shane A. Wilson, Ethan L. Tib-betts, and Peyton J. Tib-betts, all of Exeter and Pennside.
There are also two sisters-in-law, Esther R. Platania and Betty Althouse; and a brother-in-law, Paul I. Beidler.
Thelma was a graduate of Reading High School, class of 1936. She worked as a retail business owner and also worked in retail establishments around the city. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Reading and had been a member of Trinity E.C. Church in Reading. She was on the church board of Directors at Trinity and taught Sunday School for many years. She participated in Christian Endeavor in Reading and taught for them. She enjoyed working with the teenagers and other young people.
Thelma was born two years before women had the right to vote. She voted in every election, including the Presidential Election in November. She had help filling out her ballot at the Golden Living Nursing Home, where she last resided. She was especially proud of her voting record and she and her husband encouraged
others to vote.
Memorial services will be Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at 2 p.m. in Auman's Inc. Funeral Home, 390 W. Neversink Road, Reiffton. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Exeter Township, where her husband and parents are also buried. www.aumansinc.com