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Thelma Jeanette "Sissy" (Richard) Decker passed away peacefully at Sandhills Regional Medical Center in Hamlet, North Carolina, on Monday at the age of 85 years. Thelma was born July 27, 1931, to Frank and Helen Richard in Washington. She was a dedicated wife, mother, sister and friend.
Preceding her in death is her husband of 45 years, Jack Decker; a daughter, Linda Stovall; and infant son, Brian Decker; sisters Betty Brady and Patricia Sullivan; and brother Bill Richard.
Thelma leaves behind three sons, Kerry (Lori) Decker of Hamlet, Jerry (Terri) Decker of Miles City, Montana, and David (Diane) Decker of Williston, North Dakota; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving Thelma is her sister Sue Watkins; brother Roscoe (Rosemary) Richard and Carroll (Pat) Richard; and beloved sister-in-law, Deannie Richard.
Having been raised two houses away from the home in which Thelma and Jack raised their family, Thelma was a longtime resident of the Lickskillet community in Washington. In 2008, she relocated to North Carolina to be cared for by her son Kerry and daughter-in-law Lori, where she resided until her passing. In her free time she enjoyed fishing, canning vegetables and other foods, sewing and tending to her yard and garden. Well into her 70s, Thelma walked several miles every morning prior to starting her day. Although the consummate homemaker, she also earned a living by cleaning homes and as a part-time seamstress.
She will be dearly missed and memory treasured by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held at Harrington Funeral Home and Crematory in Hamlet on Friday and another in Washington in May 2017, with place and time to be determined and announced at a later date.
Published on September 28, 2016
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