SAVANNA—Thelma T. (Boynton) High, 98, passed away with her family at her side on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, at MercyOne Medical Center, Clinton, Iowa, due to complications from Covid-19.
Private services will be held at a later date. She will be buried alongside her husband at the Danville National Cemetery in Danville. The Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna is in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or a charity of your choice.
Thelma was born June 25, 1922, in Willow, Okla., to Lillie Inez (Matthews) and John Douglas Boynton. She married Fred L. High Sr. on Jan. 5, 1943, in Pecos, Texas. They were married 55 years until his passing on March 10, 1998, in Danville.
Following graduation from Ocina, Okla., High School, Thelma worked as a civil employee at Pecos (TX) Air Base. After moving to Danville in 1944, she then worked as a lab assistant in the engineering department of General Electric until she retired in 1977.
Thelma enjoyed her years as treasurer of Dan G.E. where she made many friends. She worked every Labor Day for the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Her faith and Christian values were a part of her daily life, and while in Danville she was an active member of the Faith Baptist Church.
Thelma was a true sports fan, often yelling enthusiastically for her Chicago Cubs and the Fighting Illini. She was particularly thrilled with the 2016 Cubs and their World Series championship.
She loved sewing, reading, doing ceramics and traveling. Her most precious memories were the Cousins' Family Reunions every two years where the generations would gather to celebrate 'the family'.
Thelma was a kind person who loved everyone. She especially enjoyed the times spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. During her later years, her friends at Pinnacle Place earned a special place in her heart.
Survivors include one son, Fred L. (Barbara) High Jr. of Savanna; two grandchildren, Jennifer (Greg) Peters of Smithville, Mo., and Ryan (Amy) High of Mt. Horeb, Wis.; and six great-grandchildren, Grace, Faith, Joy and Colt Peters and Noah and Lucas High. She is also survived by her niece, Sue McCoy; niece-in-law, Sharon (James) Harbeson; and nephews, Harold (Neggie) McCoy, Don (Linda) McCoy, Dale (Jeanette) Cornelius, Ray (Mary) Tatyrek, and Ken (Jan) Tatyrek.
Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Ruth (Curt) Cornelius, Dorothy Lee (S.A.) Shook, and Mildred (Ernie) Tatyrek; and nephew, Danny Cornelius.