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FRANKLIN - Thelma Faith Fairbaren Denny from Franklin, most recently from Green Valley, Arizona, went to be with her lord on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, following a long bout with Dementia.
Thelma was born on April 27, 1931, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of Arthur William and Thelma Adeline Pelham Fairburn.
She married her husband, Walter Edwin Denny on August 27, 1949, in the Franklin United Methodist Church after a two year courtship and lived on Main Street in Franklin for many years. After raising their children, the family home was sold and they moved outside the village on an acre of land a mile below the village. Walter predeceased her on Nov. 13, 2002, after 53 years of marriage.
After raising four children, Thelma following her dream, went to college to become a teacher. She taught at the Unadilla School system, teaching Kindergarten and the second grade for over 25 years. This was the joy of her life to be able to teach young children. She enjoyed the look of wonderment on the children's faces that she taught. She also looked forward to dressing up for several different events. Known for her witch costume for Halloween, all children young and old looked forward to seeing her march in the parades.
Thelma also enjoyed her friends that she made while teaching and after, her bowling league with her special bowling partners, craft clubs, painting and some golfing.
Thelma is survived by four children, Michael (Susan) Denny of Machias, Arthur Denny of Franklin, Kathleen Pickering of Green Valley, Arizona and David Denny of Harpursville; six grandchildren, Christopher, Daniella, Ethan Denny, Aimme and Shannon Pickering, Stephanie (Sigler) Blaszak; and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Alfred (Sandy) Shaver, a sister, Betty (Robert) Johnson, brother-in-law, William (Phyllis) Denny, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Thelma was predeceased by her husband, Walter on Nov. 13, 2002, her father, mother, her sister (Margaret), brother, Charles, special Aunt, Elma and several cousins.
Thelma's wish: "Please do not be sad for me, but be happy as I have enjoyed living my life. I was a teacher, a mother and a grandmother!!! I now wish to join my husband and be with my Lord, meet my father and be with my family in heaven."
A celebration of life is being planned and will be announced at a later date. A private burial will take place at the convenience of the family.
Published on June 15, 2017
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