Thelma L. Crocker

December 14, 1923 - May 17, 2018

Thelma L. Crocker, age 94, of Fairfield, Iowa, and formerly of Warrenton, Va., and Newport News, Va., passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Sunnybrook Assisted Living Center in Fairfield.


Thelma was born on December 14, 1923, in Chester, N.H., the daughter of Almon Arthur and Elsie Mortenson Maxwell. At 12 years old, she moved by herself to Manchester, N.H., where she attended high school while living with, and caring for, a doctor's family. Post-high school, she earned her own way through nursing school, and thereafter was united in marriage to Warren B. Crocker, of Boston, Mass.


Thelma loved opera and traveled the world to see opera performers -- her favorite Placido Domingo. Always extremely generous, she helped her many grandchildren attend college, taught English to adults and children seeking U.S. citizenship, and contributed substantially to a drug addiction treatment charity. She valued education and had a strong Christian faith. Thelma loved to read, write poetry, and was devoted to her family.


She is survived by her children: Doris Crocker of Norfolk, Va.; Susan Burnham (husband Jack) of Lockridge, Iowa; Arthur Crocker (wife Laura) of Warrenton, Va.; nine grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Janice and Linda Maxwell, both of Candia, N.H.; and daughter in law, Mary Ann Crocker of Norfolk, Va.


Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 41 years, Warren Crocker; eldest son, Warren Crocker, Jr.; infant son; one sister, Beatrice Young; and two brothers, Reginald and Richard Maxwell.


A Memorial Service will be held in Warrenton, Va., on Friday, July 13, 2018. According to her family's wishes, funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Murphy Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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