Thelma M. Grimes, daughter of Homer & Minnie (Tapp) Ibbotson, was born November 18, 1917 on a farm north of Shannon City, Iowa. Thelma was blessed with a brother, Loren, and when she was 4 years, Roger Harris came to live with the family, and he became a foster brother to her.
Thelma attended school at Shannon City Consolidated Schools and graduated in 1935. In 1937, Thelma moved to Tingley and kept house for the Tapp Brothers.
On October 2, 1943, Thelma married Lester (Curly) Grimes in Indianola, Iowa. They returned back to Shannon City where Lester re-opened the Grimes Produce Station, which was closed while he served in World War II. To this union 3 children were born: Mary Lynn, Eileen, and Charles.
Thelma helped at the Produce Station. In 1966, due to Lester’s health, they moved to Mount Ayr. She managed The Twin Shop for a year and then was the Ringgold County Deputy Auditor for 9 years.
Thelma passed away at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr on January 2, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lester in 1989; brothers Loren (wife Marjorie) Ibbotson and Roger Harris; grandchildren Jenifer & Bradley Jobe; one great grandchild Patrick Kelly; father & mother-in-law Charles & Bernice Grimes; three brothers-in-law William (wife Louise) Grimes, Charles T. (wife Virginia) Grimes, Robert (wife Trudy) Grimes.
Survivors include her daughter Mary Lynn (husband Jerry) Jobe, their daughters Dana (husband Mike) Kelly and their daughter Bridget, Erin (husband Gene) Carbonara and their children Katie & Will; daughter Eileen McGrath; son Charles (wife Eva) Grimes and their children Nicole (husband Sam) Garden and their children Noah, George, CeCi, Charlie (wife Kellee) and their children Cal, Shep, Jacob (wife Erin), Colin (wife Abby); other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the United Baptist Presbyterian Church and Clearview Home.
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