Thelma E. Raley, 98, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 4, 2019, at WMHS Frostburg Nursing and Rehab Center.
Born on June 16, 1920, in Frostburg, she was the daughter of the late Grace (Michaels) McKenzie and the late John William McKenzie. In addition to her parents, Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond A. Raley in 1985 and all of her siblings with the exception of one brother, Francis (Dick) McKenzie of Finzel.
Thelma retired from The Cumberland Blouse Factory and was a member of Divine Mercy St. Michael Catholic Church, Frostburg.
Thelma was an avid reader. She also loved to walk; walking two miles a day until she got ill at the age of 93. In 2001, at the age of 81, she won a gold medal at the Maryland Senior Olympics. She set a state record in the 80-85 age group for the mile walk. However, the greatest joy of her life was spending time with her family.
Surviving are sons, Raymond E. Raley and wife Sue of Smithsburg, MD and Stanley J. Raley and wife Linda of Frostburg. Also surviving are grandchildren Mike Raley, Scott Raley, Jeff Raley, all of Frostburg, as well as Penny McKenzie of Mercersberg, PA, Kimberly Minnick of Mt. Airy, MD, Vicki Raley of Hagerstown, MD and Jason Monts of Mt. Pleasant, SC. Thelma is survived by eight great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received at Durst Funeral Home, 57 Frost Ave, Frostburg, MD, on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm followed by a funeral service at the funeral home with Deacon Harold Bradley officiating.
Interment will be in Finzel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mike Raley, Scott Raley, Jeff Raley, Jason Monts, Elmer Minnick, Natasha Dunn and Andrew Dunn.