Thelma Record 1921-2012

Funeral services for Thelma Record were held Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church in Gillette, with Darryl Lynde officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Mrs. Record, age 91, of Gillette, Wyoming, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the Transitional Care Unit in Pioneer Manor.

Thelma Mary Record was born on March 21, 1921, in Miles City, Montana, the daughter of Lester A. and Iva M. (Linn) Zimmerschied. She attended school in many places, including country school, Denver and graduated from Sundance High School. Upon the completion of high school she attended beauty school. She was introduced to Ralph E. Record by her grandmother and they were married Dec. 23, 1939, at the Methodist Church in Sundance, Wyoming. The couple made their home in Gillette raising their three children: Tom, Sherry and Barb together. It was a very special occasion when the entire family was baptized together at the Presbyterian Church, where they were members. The family spent lots of time in the Bighorns and at Keyhole Lake. Once the children were in high school Thelma worked in several downtown stores, often telling fond stories of her work at The Queen Bee. Active in the community, Thelma was a Past Matron of the Eastern Star and a Past President of P.E.O. She loved to play Bridge, belonging to several clubs and also playing at the Senior Center. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, ceramics, water skiing, dancing, fishing, cooking and reading. She was a big fan of the Broncos and a sports fan in general. Thelma enjoyed watching all of her children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s activities until her health would no longer allow.

Thelma is survived by her daughter, Sherry Okray and her husband Mickey and their two sons, Darrell (Tammy), Randy (Angie) and families; son-in-law, Ben Reeves and his three children, Jamie (Dusty) Pedersen, Casey (Jamie), Ryan and their families; daughter-in-law, Judy Record and her three children, Kristine (Dale) Nelson, Tom (Tracey), Danielle’ (Tom) and their families, including ten great-grandchildren as well as wonderful friends and neighbors.

Thelma is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; son, Tom and daughter, Barb.

Memorials in Thelma’s name are suggested to benefit the Campbell County Senior Center. Donations and condolences can be sent in Thelma’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th St., Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences can also be sent via our website at