October 7, 1913 ~ February 22, 2008

Born in: Virginia,
Resided in: Candler, NC

Thelma Noblett Dziura, 94, of Candler, died Friday, February 22, 2008, at Pisgah Manor Health Care Center. A native of Danville, VA, Mrs. Dziura was a daughter of the late Clayton D. and Roberta Gentry Noblett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward Franz Dziura, who died in 1967, and three siblings. Mrs. Dziura was a member of 4th Presbyterian Church, in Bethesda, MD. Mrs. Dziura is survived by her sister, Helen Bell, of Round Hill, VA; Nieces and nephews David Noblett of Round Hill , VA. and Michael Noblett of Greenville, SC, Patsy Grindstaff of Woodstock , Va. Bill Ray of Hilton Head, SC. Stephen Noblett of Asheville , Eddie Noblett of Kansas Paul Noblett and Alton Noblett of FL, Karen N. Smith of Mo., Ingrid Noblett of Hendersonville, Beth Lutjen of Roanoke, VA., Step Grandchildren Eddie Dziura Jr. and Cindy Dziura of Fla. and great nephew, Rick Ray and wife, Dee, of Hilton Head, SC. The family would like to thank Joanne Jones for being such a tireless friend to Thelma. A funeral service for Mrs. Dziura will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with Mr. Rick Ray officiating. Interment will follow at Ashelawn Gardens. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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  1. We lovingly called her Auntie Thelma. She brought so many gifts to our lives. She was the most special friend to Peggy and Phil. Thirty five years ago she coordinated the wedding reception of Jean and Buzz. She was a dear precious Auntie Thelma to Anne-Marie, Courtney (whom she called Cricket) and Trey. We will remember the Gin Rummy tournaments with Phil. She spoiled us with her love. We know she is having a grand reuion in heaven with her Eddie , Peggy and Dr. Halverson. We will never forget Auntie Thelma. Our thoughts and prayers are with sister Helen and all the family.

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  2. Aunt Thelma was my friend. She was a delight to be around in the last dozen years of her life, even if it was for short periods of time. I tried to visit her each time I was in Asheville and she was always so happy to see me. In addition to going out to dine, we worked on her Noblett Genealogy and each time I would make a new find, I couldn’t wait to call her as she was so grateful. I was so glad that I could link her to her French Royalty ancestry about three years ago. What I will always remember about Aunt Thelma was the twinkle in her eye, the tear that would well up and the happiness and exuberance she expressed as she would tell her story. She loved to tell the story of how she found Jesus. She felt that she had lived the first forty years of her life in an unreal world, but after she found Jesus and finally after many attempts she was able to lead her beloved Eddie to know the GOD she had found. This seemed to make her life complete. My heart is heavy as I write and remember the graciousness which she radiated. God bless and take care my dear friend you are now in the heavenly home you so affectionaly talked about. I am a better person due to the fact that she came into my life forty five years ago.
    Allen Smith

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  3. Auntie Thelma blessed me beyond words. She was a prayer warrior, when she said she would pray for you everyday, I knew Auntie Thelma was praying over each member of our family. She loved to write and her cards and letters were epistles about how much Jesus loved and cared for us. She was a huge encouragement to me while I was being healed from breast cancer. Auntie Thelma was a gracious lady and truly served her King Jesus here on Earth.
    Blessings upon those of you who cared for Auntie Thelma in her sunset years. If one word could describe Auntie Thelma it would be LOVE. Her love was energizing love , contagious love, and healing love. Her hugs were filled with love. I am so thankful that the Lord put Auntie Thelma in my life and in my family. Love to you all as we celebrate her life, passing love to others. God’s peace and comfort. Jean

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  4. It is a blessing that Auntie Thelma has gone home to be with God! She always had a wonderful heart for everyone she met. So thoughtful and creative with her special hand-made gifts to our family. I will miss her but know that she is healed and with God.

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  5. Aunt Thelma was truly a blessing in my life. She cared so much and enriched my life on each and every visit with her. When we visited Asheville and started back to Missouri, she always wanted to know the exact time we would be leaving so that she could pray for our safe journey. Her love was pure and boundless. My thoughts are with Aunt Helen and all the family who will be gathering today to celebrate Aunt Thelma’s life. She was indeed a treasure to our family.

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  6. Thelma was like a second mother to me most of my life. Even after my mother (Sara Zirkle) passed away, Thelma still sent me birthday cards and Christmas cards and letters letting me know that she was praying for me continually. I already miss the prayers, as well as her fun spirit. All of my memories of Thelma have to do with lots of laughter and fun. She taught me so many things about enjoying life, and beauty and food. She loved my kids as if they were her own and they also have wonderful memories of the short times they spent with her.
    My daughter Sally’s first response this morning, when I told her, was, ‘Grandma is even happier in heaven today with Thelma there.’
    My husband said, ‘one of the most lovely and gracious ladies has left this earth.’
    We will all miss her. She loved Jesus with all her heart and taught all of us to do the same.
    ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’
    My love to Helen and the rest of the family. I will be praying for you all this day.
    Love,
    Beth

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