Thelma Maryette Zilhaver Wellmon, age 96, resident of 25082 Miller Hill Road, Cambridge Springs, PA died Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at her home. Born in Cambridge Springs, PA on December 27, 1912, she was a daughter of the late Clarence W. Zilhaver and Hattie McLellan Zilhaver.
Wellmon, Thelma Maryette ZilhaverThelma graduated from Cambridge Springs High School in 1930 with honors in English, Natural Science, Mathematics, and Social Science. In November of that same year she married Sidney Wellmon and together they had four children. In earlier years she worked in photography for several years and also was a seamstress for the House of Edinboro from which she retired.
Known throughout the area as the matriarch of the Zilhaver family, Thelma resided in the Zilhaver homestead for the past 59 years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Drakes Mills and also attended St. Mark Lutheran Church in Waterford.
Preceding Thelma in death in addition to her husband was a son – Gordon Wellman; a daughter – Romayne Baughman; two brothers – Alton Zilhaver and Martin Zilhaver; and a sister – Evelyn Morton. Family members surviving Thelma include a son – Rexford Wellman of Cambridge Springs and a daughter – Vivian Taylor of Cambridge, MA; nine grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church with Reverend Jim Judy officiating. Interment will be in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Drakes Mills.