Thelma Marshall Gaston
Thelma Marshall Gaston of Little Rock, Ark., passed away on Monday, Oct. 28, her 83rd birthday.
Thelma was born in 1936, in Meridian, Miss., and graduated from Meridian High School in 1954. Afterwards, she attended Mississippi College for Women before transferring to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa from which she graduated in 1958 with a degree in education. A passion that stayed with her the rest of her life, only second to the first passion of her life, Bert Gaston, her husband of 61 years, whom she met while at Alabama.
Thelma was an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority while in college and later as an alumnus. She was an active member of Parkway Place Baptist Church and the Fellowship-Victory Sunday School class. She believed in serving others and worked tirelessly on many Junior Auxiliary projects while in Meridian. Thelma maintained lifelong friendships, including a close group of childhood friends that called themselves the Destin Darlings, aptly named after their annual gathering spot.
Thelma was a friend to all, always a willing volunteer and ready with a helping hand and a kind word. Her humble demeanor was a beautiful fa├žade for her easy laugh, kind smile and remarkable intelligence. She was strong in her Christian faith. Thelma was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Give Thelma five minutes and she was a stranger to none.
Her parents, Thelma and Jack Marshall, predeceased Thelma.
She is survived by her husband, Bert Gaston; sons Al (Barbara), Jack (Misty) and Jim (Kim) Gaston and her daughter Daphne Wassamire (Charlie); grandchildren Barclay Gaston (Caroline), Lindley Gaston, Sam Treadway, Abby Treadway, Tyler Gaston, Leslie Gaston, John Gaston, and Grey Gaston; a sister Patsy Corey (Robert); and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life service was held at Parkway Place Baptist Church, 300 Parkway Place, Little Rock, AR 72211 on Oct. 31.
Published on November 1, 2019


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