Thelma J. Sipe
TUCSON, Ariz. – Thelma Jeannette (Wright) Sipe, 90, of Tucson, formerly of Prophetstown, passed away Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, in Tucson, where she recently moved to be near family.
She was born Sept. 12, 1922, the daughter of Delbert and Nora Wright. Thelma graduated from Northern Illinois University, at that time called Northern Illinois Teachers College. She married Donald L. Sipe on Aug. 2, 1947. They were married 64 years, living in Prophetstown most of that time.
Thelma had been a teacher of music in public schools in Dundee and Prophetstown. She also helped with the music programs at First Congregational Church of Prophetstown for many years. Traveling to foreign countries and throughout the United States with Donald brought much enjoyment to her life. Always an active volunteer, Thelma enjoyed working with many organizations in Prophetstown, Sterling and Rock Falls. Helping children provided special joy. Thelma made and donated hundreds of quilts, mittens and hats to needy children in the area.
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