Thelma’s family moved to St. Catharines, Ont., when she was 17. She met Rusty in 1949, when he visited his brother. Thelma and Rusty travelled frequently together. They accepted Jesus as their Saviour, and in 1974, were baptized into Grantham MB Church. When Rusty died, Thelma was heartbroken. She moved to Tabor Manor in 2007. Her health deteriorated until her death.