Thelma Wohlford


Thelma Marie Shinn Wohlford, of Wichita, passed away peacefully on Sept. 5, 2022, surrounded by family at the age of 88 after a short and unexpected illness.
Thelma was born on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1934, to Mitchell and Mary (Nichols) Moore in Stidham, Okla. She attended Stidham Public School from kindergarten through high school, graduating in 1952. She received her associate degree in elementary education from Connors State College in Warner, Okla., and began teaching in Haysville. While continuing to teach, she finished her bachelor’s degree by earning hours from Friends University in Wichita and graduating from Emporia State.
On Dec. 21, 1956, she married Tom Shinn, a local farmer in Clearwater. She worked side by side with him on the farm while continuing to teach in Viola and Conway Springs. They were married for 38 years until Tom’s untimely death in 1995. She retired in 1996 after 40 years in the public school classroom.
In 2005, she married Melvin Wohlford. They lived a quiet comfortable life for 16 years.
Thelma was preceded in death by her first husband, Tom; parents; brother, Robert Leonard Moore, and sister, Tressie Muller and spouse Mort Muller. She is survived by her husband, Melvin Wohlford of Wichita; daughter, Teresa Gayle Bodwell of Conway Springs; grandson, TC Bodwell and wife, Andrea of Wichita; granddaughter, Markie Gregory and husband, Ashley of Hertford, N.C.; sister, Janetta Scott and husband, Cherry of Eufaula, Okla; brother, W.R. Moore and wife Dee of Oklahoma City; nephews, Reggy Scott of Eufaula, Okla., Greg Muller and wife Joan of Schwenksville, Pa., and Mike Muller and wife Cary of Mason, Ohio; niece, Lori Dreiling and husband Duane of Carl Junction, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Bryttan Samaniego, Brody and Ruby Bodwell; Tyler, Blaire and Emma Gregory; and many cousins and friends.
Thelma grew up on a farm in Stidham, Okla., where she learned to work hard and to prepare all those fresh garden vegetables and fruit pies. She was well known in her church and community for her delicious cinnamon rolls. No one could duplicate them!
Thelma was also a passionate basketball fan and loved to watch her Jayhawks! She delighted in keeping her grandchildren in the summer, and always spoiled them by preparing their favorite dishes and allowing them to enjoy farm life. She did the same for her great-grandchildren when she kept them, they were the delight of her life! Her spunky spirit will live on in the memory of her family and she will be greatly missed.
A funeral was held on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at 10 a.m. at the Clearwater United Methodist Church. Memorials have been established with Clearwater United Methodist Church, 130 N. First, Clearwater, KS 67026 and Haysville United Methodist Church, 601 E. Grand Ave, Haysville, KS 67060 (HUMC donations will go toward Filling the Gap Program for the Youth).
Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, Clearwater, was in charge of arrangements.