Funeral services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Evans Funeral Home

Thelma Doris Hogue was born Sept. 11, 1920, in Buxton, N.D., to Fred and Anna (Peterman) Hogue. She went to her heavenly home Oct. 15, 2016, at the age of 96 years 1 month and 4 days.

Thelma was married at age 19 to Nelson W Horton, and to this union 5 children were born: Roma, Charles, Thomas, Susan and Nelson. Thelma and Nelson lived in the Gobles, Mich., area, where four of their children were born, before relocating the family to Missouri in 1949. They lived in the Big Creek, Yukon, and Eunice areas in Texas County for a while before purchasing a small farm south of Eunice, which was their family home until they moved to Houston in 1967.

Thelma loved to ride horses as a young lady and throughout her life she enjoyed working outdoors. Even after moving to town, she always gardened and enjoyed raising and canning her own fruit and vegetables. Her work in the garden was perhaps symbolic, because Thelma did not just plant seeds in the earth; even more important were the seeds planted in the lives of her family and others by word and deed: The love of Christ, gentleness, kindness, and goodness. She scattered those seeds around wherever she would go and the world was a much better place because of it. She loved life, family and friends and they loved her.

Thelma committed her life to Christ as a young woman and was faithful to Him throughout life. She loved her church family and was a member of the Eunice Baptist Church for many years, then later became a member of the Raymondville Baptist Church. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school and serving wherever needed within the church and community. Thelma truly had the gift of encouragement and was a woman of prayer.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, who died when she was still a young teen; her husband, Nelson; her brothers, George, Roy, Leo, Howard and Fred; and her sister, Alice. Of course, living to the age of 96, she also experienced the passing of many, other beloved relatives and friends through the years.

Survivors are her sons, Charles and wife, Norma, of Springfield, Mo., Thomas and wife, Bettie, of Raymondville, Mo., Nelson and wife, Susan, of Joplin, Mo.; and two daughters, Roma Booker and husband, Richard, of Raymondville, Mo., and Susan Crenshaw and husband, William, of Monett, Mo. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great grandchildren, one great-great-great grandchild and several other loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, close family members by marriage and a host of long-time friends.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at Evans Funeral Home with sons, the Rev. Charles Horton and Nelson Horton, and the Rev. Greg Berglund officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Mike Mendenhall, Mark Mendenhall, Scott Horton, Jayson Horton, Nathan Horton and Jonathan Horton.

Memorials may be made to Raymondville Baptist Church. To send an online condolence, please go to


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