Thelma L. VanDemark, 94, of Kingston, passed peacefully on Wednesday July 25, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on May 5, 1924 in Kingston, New York and was the daughter of the late Albert and Irene Jones. Thelma was the wife of the late James Van Demark, Sr. he died in 1976
Thelma worked for NY State Mental Health, Kingston, additionally she worked at the Kingston High School in the cafeteria, at the George Washington School as a "grandmother" and also for Head Start Program at Stuyvesant Charter.
Thelma was a faithful member of the New Central Baptist Church, serving as a mother, sang in the choir, and served as a chairwoman of the trustee board
She enjoyed being active and keeping on the go. Thelma helped many people in her family and community and was a home care provider for the Taconic DDSO for many years. She was always willing to lend a helping hand and give of herself. Many lives were touched by her acts of kindness.
She is survived by her loving family, a son Donald VanDemark and his wife Audrey. a sister Maxine Lewis, a step daughter Shawanda Rivera, and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews
She was predeceased by her son Thomas VanDemark and James VanDemark, Jr.
The Going Home Service will be at the New Central Baptist Church on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 12 noon. The family will receive their friends from 10 -12. Burial will take place at Montrepose Cemetery.
A tribute for Thelma may be found at www.Keyserfuneralservice.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
Arrangements entrusted to Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc., 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401.
My heart is filled with sorrow upon hearing the news of the passing of Mother Thelma Vandemark ("AUNTIE" I affectionately called her). Mother will be greatly missed BUT her warmth, kindness, and gentle spirit will be remembered forever. Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories. It's not length of life, but depth of life. "Come to me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest " Matthew 11:28. Please know you have our deepest sympathies.
Ronald and Gayle Johnson
To the family of Mother Thelma Van Demark, May the God that we serve continue to bring you strength and peace at this time in your life. Mother Thelma is a wonderful women of God, and I can't remember a time in my life that I didn't know her to be just like that. Love and Blessings Rev. Shirley Whitlock, and Bethel AME Church, Coxsackie New York
Mother you will be miss so much a kind loving and beautiful spirit to the family you’re in my prayers sorry that I cannot be there
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