She is predeceased by three husbands, John LaVance Evans, Robert Ballard, and Ray Osborn.
A native Utahan, Thelda worked for many years at the Hotel Utah in Salt Lake City as a waitress, where she met her second husband, Robert Ballard, a mink rancher from New York state. The two married in 1959 and moved to picturesque Lake Keuka, one of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. She and Bob lived happily there for many years and travelled extensively around the U.S. showing his prize-winning mink.
After Bob’s death, Thelda returned to Tooele and married Ray Osborn. The two of them purchased a house adjacent to a nursing home to care for her beloved mother, Pearl Painter, in her final years.
After Ray’s passing, Thelda lived alone with her dog Lady and even drove a car up until her 100th birthday.
Always a champion of the underdog and a generous mentor to those in need, Thelda will be remembered as a strong-willed, and tough, but gentle-hearted person who was always available to lend an ear or to help those in need.
She is survived by her sisters, Katie Sharp, Ruby Worthen; brother, Darryl Painter; her son and only child, John S. Evans; her grandsons, Scott, Steve, and Doug Evans; and her great-grandsons, Jacob Perry and Eric Evans.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. at the LDS Church, 415 W. Apple St., Grantsville, Utah.