In memory of
Thelma Aileen (Bailey) Coles
In memory of
Thelma Aileen (Bailey) Coles
Thelma Aileen Coles (Bailey) Nov. 15, 1928 - June 20, 2020 Thelma Aileen Coles (Bailey), age 91, died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, Ill. Thelma was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Portland, Ore., to G.A. and Mabel (Yergen) Bailey. After graduating from Grant High School in Portland, Thelma attended the University of Oregon, where she majored in English and met and married fellow student Edward F. Coles. Together, they had three children, living and working in Oregon with their family during the early years of their marriage. In 1964, the family relocated to Northern Virginia. In 1982, Thelma and Ed retired to their property in the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains, near Berryville, Va., where they were very active in Ruritan and other community organizations. Following Ed's death in 2001, Thelma moved to DeKalb, Ill., to be with her daughter Kathy. Intellectually curious and an avid reader, she actively participated in adult education classes until her health declined in recent years. Thelma will be remembered for her deep love of family, her keen and engaging intellect, her good counsel, her kindness, her natural grace and her calm, cheerful, optimistic, and common-sense approach to life. She will be dearly missed. Thelma is survived by her children, Kathleen L. Coles, Anita C. Greer (John), and John E. Coles; sister, Marilyn Bobbitt; five grandchildren, Kathleen Costello (Ryan Beach), Elizabeth Peters (Michael), Sean Costello (Ioana), David Coles (Jesse), and Nathan Coles (Ashley); and eight great-grandchildren. A private family service will be held Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Berryville, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shiner's Hospital for Children. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
Thelma Aileen (Bailey) Coles
Thelma Aileen Coles (Bailey) Nov. 15, 1928 - June 20, 2020 Thelma Aileen Coles (Bailey), age 91, died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, Ill. Thelma was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Portland, Ore., to G.A. and Mabel (Yergen) Bailey. After graduating from Grant High School in Portland, Thelma attended the University of Oregon, where she majored in English and met and married fellow student Edward F. Coles. Together, they had three children, living and working in Oregon with their family during the early years of their marriage. In 1964, the family relocated to Northern Virginia. In 1982, Thelma and Ed retired to their property in the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains, near Berryville, Va., where they were very active in Ruritan and other community organizations. Following Ed's death in 2001, Thelma moved to DeKalb, Ill., to be with her daughter Kathy. Intellectually curious and an avid reader, she actively participated in adult education classes until her health declined in recent years. Thelma will be remembered for her deep love of family, her keen and engaging intellect, her good counsel, her kindness, her natural grace and her calm, cheerful, optimistic, and common-sense approach to life. She will be dearly missed. Thelma is survived by her children, Kathleen L. Coles, Anita C. Greer (John), and John E. Coles; sister, Marilyn Bobbitt; five grandchildren, Kathleen Costello (Ryan Beach), Elizabeth Peters (Michael), Sean Costello (Ioana), David Coles (Jesse), and Nathan Coles (Ashley); and eight great-grandchildren. A private family service will be held Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Berryville, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shiner's Hospital for Children. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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