Thelma Mae Savage, 96, believed anything was possible through hard work

Thelma Mae Savage
Thelma Mae Savage

Thelma Mae Savage, 96, born Nov. 22, 1922, passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in the presence of family. In her final days, her care was entrusted to her earthly angel, Mika, at Von Sola Private Assisted Living.

She was preceded in death by her high school sweetheart and husband, Walter B. Savage.

Thelma is survived by her loving family, including her daughter, Brenda Hellyar, and her husband, Richard Hellyar; son, Anthony Savage, and his wife, Cheryl Savage; and daughter, Karen Savage, and her partner, Rose Geroca. She is a cherished grandma to five beautiful grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A 1940 graduate of the original Kempsville High School, Thelma was always active and independent. Thelma enjoyed line dancing, traveling, and especially spending time with her family. Grandma was always present for holidays, graduations, family celebrations and loved to have a good time at a party.

Her greatest joy was molding and watching her children grow into thoughtful, caring and independent people. She believed that through hard work anything was possible. As a woman of faith, she believed that God gives you only what you can handle. Her sage but respectful advice was a compass to friends and family. We will actively feel her absence in our daily lives and miss her dearly.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Smith and Williams Funeral Home, 4889 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.

Share online condolences with the family at Smith and Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville.

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