Thelma A. Armitage

Thelma A. Armitage

April 8, 1921 – January 29, 2022

FUNERAL: Friday, February 4th at 4pm at the West Center Chapel.  GRAVESIDE SERVICE: Saturday, Feb. 5th at 11am, Kenesaw Cemetery.  Memorials will be directed to the family to be directed according to Thelma’s wishes.

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Age 100 years, of Papillion, Nebraska; passed away on Saturday at the Josie Harper Hospice House in Omaha, Nebraska. Thelma is survived by two sons, James O. Armitage (Shirley) and Jack L. Armitage (Nancy); six grandchildren: Amy Gromowsky (Jeff), Greg Armitage (Cheryl), Anne Rogers (Steve), Joel Armitage (Anja), Jeff Armitage (Carol), Julie Koehler (Justin); fifteen great-grandchildren: Matthew, Joshua, Clark, James, Grant, Charlie, Max, Lila, Annika, Alexis, Abigail, Jackson, Erin, Addison, Gabriel; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.  She was preceded in death by husband, Bernard O. Armitage; parents, Hardin and Emma Young; daughter-in-law, Nancy E. Armitage; four sisters: Florence Schneider, Marie Morse, Jean Ferguson, Jo Newman; two half-sisters, Elizabeth Wages and Mary Sue Young; and four half-brothers: Herbert Young, Machir Young, Kelly Young, and Lynn Young. 

Thelma was born on April 8, 1921, on her parents’ farm south of Kenesaw, Nebraska, about six weeks after her father died.  Thelma’s mother moved with her five daughters to a home in Kenesaw a short time after.  Thelma loved to learn and excelled in school and decided to become a teacher. After graduating school at the age of 17, she began teaching in a one room schoolhouse that was just one-half mile from the farm where she was born south of Kenesaw, teaching students in first through eighth grade for four years.  

Thelma married Bernard Armitage on October 31, 1942, in Gatesville, Texas, where he was stationed after having enlisted in the Army.  Thelma and Bernard lived in Texas, Colorado, South Carolina, and Maryland, until Bernard was ultimately deployed to Europe, and Thelma returned to Nebraska to teach, first in Hastings, Nebraska and then in Juniata, Nebraska.  

After Bernard’s discharge in November 1945, the couple moved to California, where they lived briefly until returning to Nebraska in the fall of 1947, settling in Kearney, Nebraska, where they raised their two sons. Thelma remained in Kearney after Bernard’s death in 1988 and was an active member of Faith United Methodist Church.  Thelma maintained ties to the church even after she moved to the Omaha area to be near her sons in 2002. 

Thelma was an avid quilter, reader, and Cornhusker fan.  She loved puzzles and games, especially her weekly Scrabble games.  Thelma was thrilled to celebrate her 100th birthday surrounded by family last April.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. 




  • Brenda Helget Posted February 1, 2022 9:41 am

    Jim and Shirley, we are so very sorry to hear of your loss. I’m so glad she was able to celebrate her 100th birthday with all of you – what a truly wonderful gift. I hope your happy memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.

  • Janelle Scheetz Beatty Posted February 1, 2022 12:26 pm

    Sending my deepest sympathy to you all. Thelma and Bernard were good friends with my parents. Ellis and Bertha Scheetz. I have great memories of them. Thoughts and prayers…
    Janelle Scheetz Beatty

  • Mary Jo Hall Posted February 2, 2022 12:00 pm

    Dear Armitage Family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Toby Tollefsen Posted February 2, 2022 6:01 pm

    Jack and Jim. You Mom was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. I remember staying at your home and having THE BEST potato soup. Thema was my Cub Scout leader. Remember making the wicker baskets and later when they dried out they unwound like a broken watch spring? 🙂 You were lucky to have a Mom that let you have a skunk for a pet. I also remember going to the Kearney airport about 10 PM to pick up the US mail So cool to have parents that did that. In other words your parents were some of the best. Thinking of you Toby Tollefsen

  • William Vosik Posted February 2, 2022 7:39 pm

    Jim and family; our thoughts and prayers for Thelma as well as your family during this time of celebration of Thelma’s wonderful life.. She is finally together with Bernard.. I remember her as a kind and gentle lady
    Bill and Linda Vosik

  • Suzanne Wendorff Posted February 3, 2022 3:43 pm

    I have such wonderful memories of dear Thelma and Bernard. They were so kind to me and my girls at Faith Church so many years ago. They were a blessing to us. My sympathies to you as you celebrate the life of a beautiful soul.

  • Ann Scheetz Thomas Posted February 3, 2022 4:10 pm

    Thelma was such a lovely lady. I will never forget her kind smile and caring words. My parents were good friends of Thelma and Bernard from Faith Church in Kearney. May you find comfort in a life well lived. ❤️

  • Jerry Janet Lutkemeier Posted February 4, 2022 10:08 am

    Armitage Family, Praying the Lord comforts your heart today&blesses your life with all the treasured memories of your loved one.

  • Karen Stimbert Guck Posted February 4, 2022 1:36 pm

    Sending sympathy to Thelma’s family. What a long life, well lived. I met Thelma in 2002 when my mom Maxine Stimbert moved into Fountain View just across the hall. Mom being from Hastings before moving to Omaha (growing up in Saronville, Sutton & Hastings) and Thelma from Kenesaw and born the same year 1921 they shared those great midwest Nebraska roots.Many Fridays they took turns having tea and sweets together in their apartments. Sometimes my Sister Shirley Burnham or I were able to join them. I believe Thelma helped my mom settle into Omaha/Fountain view after leaving the life she knew in Hastings. What special ladies!!My mom passed in 2007. Sending prayers for the days ahead as you miss her and celebrate her life.

  • Betty Scheetz Posted February 4, 2022 2:23 pm

    What a wonderful person Thelma is, She and Bernard helped shaped my life at the church and very good friends to my parents. I will always think of her and the family. Nancy and Jack please accept my thoughts and love.Thinking of you Betty Scheetz

  • John Dunn Posted February 4, 2022 3:02 pm

    Jim and Jack. Nancy and I were sorry to hear of your loss. Many fond memories spending time at your home. Your mom was always so supportive. So glad you were able to celebrate her 100 year birthday!

  • Lucy Moffett Hallberg aka Grandma2t Posted February 5, 2022 8:08 am

    Jim. Jack and families. I loved your Mom, she taught me in her Sunday School class at EUB. I am forever grateful for her kind, loving, and teaching Christan heart. I still remember her patience with all the Jr High group. I strive to be a good Christian daily and I still teach Sunday School myself. I was blessed to have know your mom, my prayers and with you all. I know how 18 grands of my own and rely on faith to teach them all

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