She was born May 3, 1928 in Willard, Ohio, to the late Wayne J. and Dorothy D. (McLane) Durling, and was a lifelong area resident. Thelma was a former employee of Westinghouse (Hamilton Beach) of Norwalk, Ohio. She will be remembered as a fun loving, and kindred soul.
Thelma had a love for animals, her pets, and horses, and often took in stray animals to care for. She also enjoyed roller skating and dancing at Forest Lake Park that her father owned. Thelma will also be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Bernard J. Rice of Norwalk, Ohio, by her daughters, Patricia (John) Woodruff of Norwalk, Ohio, Barbara (Norb) Perry of Monroeville, Ohio, Deborah (Larry) Smith of Nashville, Tennessee, and Pamela (Dan) Hite of Milan, Ohio, by 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and by her sister, Phyllis (Earl) Bauer of Willard, Ohio.
Thelma was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra in 1968, by her great great grandson, and by her sister, Janet Conaway.
Friends may call on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio, where funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Stein Hospice Chaplain Mel Sayler will officiate. Interment will be in North Fairfield Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870, or the Huron County Humane Society, 246 Woodlawn Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio 44857.
Online condolences may be made by going to www.edwalkerfuneralhome.com.