Thelma Irene Boutwell (Zinser), 92, died Feb. 11, 2021, from her home in Calimesa.
Thelma was born Sept. 23, 1928, in Chilicothe, Ill. She grew up there and in Chicago moving to the Whittier area at age 13.
She graduated fro Whittier High School in 1946, where she met Virgil Boutwell while working as a swimming pool locker girl. She received the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior during High School where she was a song leader as well as being active in archer, swimming and tennis. An excellent student she majored in English and the Arts.
Thelma and Virgil started their family in Whittier, attending the First Baptist Church, where they became youth sponsors and she helped organize the Pastor’s extensive study library. Later the family joined Calvary Baptist Church and continued involvement with the Youth Group.
The family, now including Chris, Vicki, Pamela and newborn Rebecca moved to Wenatchee, Wash., and enjoyed two years there, but returned to Whittier ultimately moving to San Bernardino and then Yucaipa in 1970 joining the First Baptist Church under Pastor Sloan, serving as Youth Sponsers.
In August of 1976, her husband Virgil suffered an accident resulting in quadriplegia – after which they served together 33 years in the Church’s library/media center as librarian and recoding technician, enjoying the fellowship and becoming part of a Family Life Group Bible Study.
In 2014 Virgil (a Navy Veteran) was called home. Thelma continued to help and serve as she was able until suffering a stroke in June 2018, shortly moving thereafter to Calimesa, where she was cared for by her son and two daughters, joining Mountain View Church, but remaining a part of her Life Group Bible Study fellowship.
Thelma was predeceased by her husband Virgil; daughter Vicki Weiss and grandson T.J. Arnett.
Thelma is survived by her three children; son Chris and his wife Martha of South Carolina; daughter Pamela Parker and her husband Charlie of Calimesa; daughter Rebecca Reimer and her husband Ken of Cathedral City; numerous grand, great and great great grandchildren.
She is most remembered by those that knew her by her generous heart, a brilliant smile and her willing service to her Lord, her family and friends.