Obituary: Thelma Hazel (Braden) Zeller

Thelma was born 12-23-1926 in Great Falls and raised near Vaughn, MT
Posted at 10:40 AM, Nov 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-21 12:40:52-05

Thelma Hazel (Braden) Zeller passed on November 16th, 2020 at the age of 93 without the assistance of Covid-19 or any other disease. Thelma went to sleep and joined her “sweet precious angel,” John, her spouse for 39 years.

Thelma was born 12-23-1926 in Great Falls and raised near Vaughn, MT. She graduated from Simms High School as Valedictorian in 1944. Thelma received a scholarship to attend any Montana college but declined so she could live at home and help her father care for her mother, who was confined to a bed. Thelma attended Great Falls Commercial College and graduated a Mountain Bell “FIRST” impression graduate.

Thelma started work for Burlington Northern Rail Road on February 2, 1946 and retired on December 1, 1988. Thelma married John J. Zeller, Jr. on June 6, 1970 at St Ann’s Cathedral (Great Falls) with a reception at the Presbyterian Church (Great Falls).

Thelma always called John her “sweet precious angel.” She loved beautiful art, especially Charlie Russell. She sang until the day she took her final nap. Thelma was always concerned about the hardships of others and was always thankful for her home and other blessings. Memorizing, piano, and poetry were a few of her other loves.

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