Thelma Maxine Sleep
  • Born on: November 29, 1928
  • Departed on: March 3, 2019
  • Resided in: Marion, IA

Thelma Maxine Sleep

Thelma Maxine Sleep, 90, of Marion, Iowa, died Sunday, March 3, 2019 at her home.  She was born on November 29, 1928 in Taylor County, Iowa to Jesse Earl Shaffer and Martha (Filbert) Shaffer.

On July 26, 1949, she was united in Marriage to Guy Luther Sleep in Bedford, Iowa.  They moved to Martelle, Iowa where Guy began a long and successful banking career.  They moved to Anamosa, Iowa and spent more than 35 years there.  She and her husband moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 2000.  They were married 62 years prior to Guy’s death on March 2, 2012.  She moved back to Marion, Iowa in May of 2018 to be closer to her children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and sister, Arlene Showers.

She is survived by four sons, Robert Sleep and wife, Kathy of Joplin, Missouri, Ronald Sleep and wife, Peggy of Long Grove, Iowa, Randall Sleep and wife, Carol of Langworthy, Iowa, Jerry Sleep and wife, Joy of Ava, Missouri; one daughter, Kathy Francois and husband, Patrick of Solon, Iowa; 23 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by a sister, Mary Lou (Robert) O’Banion, of Pittsburgh, Texas, and a brother Loran (Eleanor) Shaffer of Creston, Iowa.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.  Iowa Cremation is caring for Thelma and her family.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Mercy Hospice, 315 18th Ave, Hiawatha, IA  52233.
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