Thelma Townsend Tyndall, educator, homemaker

September 25, 2017

Thelma Townsend Tyndall, 96, of Georgetown, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, surrounded by her loving family and devoted caregiver.

She was born at 114 South Bedford St., Georgetown, May 8, 1921. She graduated from Georgetown High School and the University of Delaware, where she received her degree in elementary education. After the death of her first husband, she returned to Georgetown and began her teaching career. 
In 1961, she married Newt Tyndall, thus beginning her career as an Air Force wife. Newt and Thelma lived in Clemson, S.C., for 41 years before returning to Georgetown and re-establishing residency and membership in Wesley United Methodist Church. Her family including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will always fondly remember the wonderful annual family reunion trips that she and Newt made possible.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Elmer N. (Newt) Tyndall; her son, John F. Hazzard; parents, Walter Pierson and Olive (Johnson) Townsend; and her brother, Wallace P. Townsend. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Franklin William Hazzard.

She is survived by her five daughters, Barbara Tyndall Seltmann (James) of Hickory, N.C., Sandra Tyndall Davis (Michael) of Atlanta, Ga., Nancy Johnson Tyndall of Memphis, Tenn., Susan Tyndall Strnad of Aptos, Calif., and Patricia Tyndall Owings (Marvin) of Hendersonville N.C; daughter-in-law Carolyn Cheryl Hazzard of Redmond, Wash.; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church, 102 E. Laurel St., Georgetown, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. A private burial will be held at the family cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriot Way, Milford, DE 19963, or Wesley United Methodist Church, 102 East Laurel St., Georgetown, DE 19947.
Arrangements are being handled by Short Funeral Services, Georgetown.


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