Thelma Abernathy

August 27, 1923 - March 19, 2017
Portage, MI



Tuesday, March 21, 2017
11:00 AM EDT
Life Story Funeral Homes - Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren
Portage Location
5975 Lovers Lane
Portage, MI 49002
(269) 344-5600
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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Centrica Care Navigators
7100 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
(269) 345-0273
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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

VanderSalm's Flipse
1120 S. Burdick
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
(800) 232-7134
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Schafer's Flowers Inc.
3274 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(800) 760-7050
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Life Story / Obituary


Thelma Abernathy, age 93, of Portage passed away on March 19, 2017 in the comfort of her home surrounded by loved ones.

Thelma was born on August 27, 1923 to Clyde and Vivian (Shaw) Burris. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 60 years, Robert; her children: Vivian (Albert) Malin, Carol (Roger) Terpstra, Roberta Abernathy-Zinsmaster; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother and sister:, Desda Hale, Franklin (Sandy) Burris; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters Deborah Abernathy and Lori Klinedinst; sisters and brothers: Florence Chase, Zane Burris, Frances Blackstine, Phyllis Pease, Harold Zimmer, and Clyde Burris Jr.

A memorial service has taken place.Please visit Thelma’s memory page at where you can read her life story, archive a memory or photo and sign her memory book online. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Michigan.