Thelma Jean Rudd, 85, Rochester, went home to be with the Lord and her family at 12:10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Hickory Creek at Rochester. This followed a long and valiant battle with Alzheimer’s.
In Silver Lake, on May 9, 1932, Thelma Jean Howard was born. She was a treasured daughter of O.C. and Dora Craft Howard. Growing up, she shared her childhood with four brothers and three sisters. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
In Silver Lake, Thelma and James G. Rudd were married on May 8, 1949. They shared 65 years of life’s adventures. From their union came four wonderful children, Dennis, Larry, Linda and Roger.
A lifelong resident of Rochester, Thelma was a revered hairdresser for many years giving her customers trending hairstyles from her Main Street Shop the Latin Quarter. She was an avid member of the Fulton County Hairdressers Association. Thelma was a devoted member of the Eastern Star, holding many offices including Grand Worthy Matron and District Deputy. She was a loyal member of the First Christian Church for decades.
On Sept. 4, 2016,  Grandma Thelma received a rare gift of five living generations with the birth of her great-great-granddaughter, Bella. She enjoyed many things in life including gardening and traveling. Her favorite destinations were Dallas, Texas, with a trip highlight of watching America’s football team, the Cowboys, and Memphis, Tenn., to see Graceland.
Thelma was a big sports enthusiast, cheering for the Cowboys, Notre Dame, the Cubs and our very own Rochester Zebras. She enjoyed cooking and baking and was well-known for her cookies and cornbread. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends.  
Left to cherish the memory of Thelma are two sons, Larry Rudd and Dennis Rudd, both of Rochester; two grandchildren, Laura Whitenight and husband Donn, and Joshua Rudd; three great-grandchildren, Dakota, Cherokee and Cheyenne Whitenight; a great-great-granddaughter, Bella Whitenight; a sister, Eileen Davis and husband John; and three brothers, Harold Howard and Paul Howard, both of Rochester, and Carl Howard, Macy.
Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, O.C. and Dora Howard; husband Jim on June 18, 2014; a daughter, Linda Rudd, in 1995; son Roger Rudd in 2015; a brother, Junior Bailey; two sisters, Finette Rudd, and Betty Miller; her in-laws, C.L. and Esther Rudd; five brothers-in-law, Don Koontzal, Cecil Rudd, Butch Miller, C.L. Rudd Jr. and Hurndon Rudd; four sisters-in-law, Verda Koontzal, Nancy Howard, Jan Rudd and Phyllis Howard; and a daughter-in-law, Josefina Rudd.
A celebration of the life of Thelma Rudd will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Mike Van Heyningen officiating. Friends may visit with the family from noon-1:45 p.m. on Friday. Royal Center Eastern Star Chapter No. 375 will conduct memorial services at 1:45 p.m. Interment will be in the Athens Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the  Eastern Star Chapter Martha Brown Royal Center Chapter No. 375, 2609 Emmet Drive, Logansport, IN 46947. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.