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Thelma was born on Jan. 22, 1931 in Blooming Grove to Tommy Lee Neal, a farmer and Anne Eliza Carroll, a school teacher, artist and music teacher.
Thelma graduated from Blooming Grove High School in 1948 and Navarro Junior College in 1950. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1952 and later her Master's of Education Degree from East Texas State University in Commerce. She taught elementary school for over 12 years in the Corsicana Texas Public School System. She was a great musician, like her mother and played in the marching bands at Navarro Junior College and at East Texas State University. She was an accomplished pianist as well. She has been a member of the First Baptist Church in Corsicana for over 60 years. She married Marvin Cerf Shwarts in December of 1960.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Thelma leaves one son, Steven Louis Shwarts, of Corsicana; a brother, Robert Neal of Burlington, Connecticut and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Danny P. Reeves officiating.
Interment will be private at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Corsicana 510 West Collin Street, Corsicana, Texas75110, the Hebrew Cemetery, c/o Community National Bank & Trust 321 N. 15th Street, Corsicana, Texas75110 or the charity of your choice.
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