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Thelma Rae Raulston

November 6, 1928 March 7, 2019
Thelma Rae Raulston
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Thelma Rae Raulston was born November 6, 1928 to Harry and Elsie (Jones) Troutman in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She grew up on the farm in Oklahoma and moved to California in the eighth grade. Thelma attended Ingelwood High School and graduated in 1946. Through relatives, she met Wiley Cleveland Raulston. Thelma and Wiley were united in marriage April 14, 1947 in the Troutman family home. Their union was blessed with six children, Rhetta, Randy, Roxana, Rene, Dean, and Deanne and 72 years of marriage together. The couple raised their family in the communities of Ingelwood, Torrance and Tustin, California. Thelma worked at Sears Roebuck and Company in the Customer Service Department at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California. After the department dissolved, Thelma was in retail outside sales for home improvements until she retired. They were snowbirds in Coeur d'Alene from 1995-2016. In 2016, they moved full-time to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Following a decline in health and receiving excellent care, Thelma died peacefully at her home with her family by her side on March 7, 2019 at the age of 90 years.

Thelma was a member of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho and a long time member of Red Hill Lutheran Church in Tustin, California and was very active in the church for over 30 years. She served on Altar Guild preparing the altar for services every week with flowers, setting up for Easter Sunday and Christmas Day and getting communion ready every Sunday for many years. She loved her monthly Ladies Bible Study group called "Circle". She also worked in the food pantry distributing food for the needy. She enjoyed dancing, camping, sewing, quilting, traveling, swimming, helping her children with home improvements and especially time spent with her family. Thelma will be remembered as a cherished wife, loving mother, dear friend and trusted confidant. She was known to light up a room. She was honest, kind and generous and anyone who met her would never forget her. She will be greatly missed.

Thelma is lovingly remembered by her husband, Wiley Raulston of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; six children, Rhetta O'Connor of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Randy Raulston of Cypress, California, Roxana Ledbetter (and Larry) of Buena Park, California, Rene Gipson (and Justin) of Post Falls, Idaho, Dean Raulston of Bellflower, California, and Deanne Nosworthy (and Doug) of Rathdrum, Idaho; 12 grandchildren; five great grandchildren, other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Mark O'Connor.

Special thanks to Advanced Healthcare of Coeur d'Alene and their Hospice team for their exceptional care for Thelma over the last year up to her final moments.

Blessed and eternal be the memory of Thelma Rae Raulston


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Wednesday

13

Mar

9:30 AM 3/13/2019 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 3/13/2019 10:30:00 AM
Yates Funeral Homes & Cremation - Coeur d'Alene Chapel

744 N 4th Street
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Yates Funeral Homes & Cremation - Coeur d'Alene Chapel
744 N 4th Street Coeur d'Alene 83814 ID
United States

Funeral Service

Wednesday

13

Mar

10:30 AM 3/13/2019 10:30:00 AM
Yates Funeral Homes & Cremation - Coeur d'Alene Chapel

744 N 4th Street
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Yates Funeral Homes & Cremation - Coeur d'Alene Chapel
744 N 4th Street Coeur d'Alene 83814 ID
United States

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Washington Veterans Cemetery Final Resting Place

Medical Lake, WA

Medical Lake WA
United States
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