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Berger, Thelma Jean

Berger, Thelma Jean

April 10, 1932 — June 10, 2022

Thelma Jean Anspaugh Maupin Berger, age 90, daughter of Kenneth and Ferol (Blankenship) Anspaugh was born on April 10, 1932, in Russell County, Kansas. She passed away on June 10, 2022, at Lawson Manor and Rehab in Lawson, Missouri.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Hiram, Keith, and Bruce Anspaugh; sister Mavis Griffin; first husband Elmer Maupin; son Steven Maupin; nephews Miles Anspaugh and Gavin Anspaugh; niece Cindy Griffin; and great-grandchildren Jacob Hatfield and Emma Todd.

Thelma is survived by her daughter Terry (Patrick) Stodden of Kidder, Missouri; brothers Jack (Elain) Anspaugh of St. Joseph, Missouri, Gail (Claudine) Anspaugh of Elk City, Oklahoma, and Victor (Glenda) Anspaugh of Salina, Kansas; 10 grandchildren Nick (Jenny) Stodden, Sandra Stodden, Rebecca (Shane) Hatfield, Jennifer Stodden, Stacy (Chris) Todd, Breana (Blake) Levins, Devin Stodden, Dale Maupin, Kristy (Maupin) Powell, and Kimberly (Maupin) Taylor; as well as close friends Jim and Marcy Nelson; and numerous great-children, nieces, and nephews.

Thelma was a hard worker. She had numerous jobs, several at one time, the longest at Rodeway Inn. She loved all animals whether feeding the birds, raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, or deer that wandered into her Liberty, Missouri backyard. She especially loved dogs and cats and had dozens of them throughout her life. She also loved sewing and made hundreds of quilts, baby blankets, lap blankets, etc., gifting most of them to family, friends, and acquaintances.

Thelma was always ready to lend a hand to anybody even strangers, and she donated money to numerous organizations. One of her favorite sayings was "use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without". She was onery and had a salty vocabulary, but you always knew where she stood and what her opinion was.

The family would like to thank the staff of Smithville Living and the staff at Lawson Manor and Rehab for the loving care she received in her final years.

Thelma was cremated under the direction of Park Lawn Northland Chapel. She will be buried at a later date beside her late husband Elmer Dale Maupin and her son Steven Dale Maupin at the Luray Kansas Cemetery.

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