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Thelma Irene Barton

May 7, 1928 ~ January 6, 2021 (age 92)



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Thelma Irene Barton

May 7, 1928 — January 6, 2021



Oakhill Cemetery

40188 Highway 41, Oakhurst, California



Thelma Irene Housley was born in Pearcy, Arkansas in 1928.  She met Melvin, the love of her life in 1947 in Los Banos, California, while working at Tiny’s Restaurant.  Their courtship lasted a short 2 months before they were married, I guess when you know, you know.  Three years later she became the mother to her first child, Karen; 18 months later she had her son Larry.  She was happily married to Melvin for 72 years.  She was a loving, hard working, generous wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother (G.G.).  Thelma's passion for cooking was a way to gather her loved ones all in one place throughout the year but especially during the holidays. She was known for her famous carrot cake and yeast rolls and who could forget the apple pies!  She loved having her grandchildren and great-grandchildren around.  She could not stop at only feeding her family, she also spent time filling her hummingbird feeders.  Thelma led a simple life with the daily pleasures that many of us take for granted.  But you better not make her mad because there are stories we could tell.



Husband: Melvin Barton

Father:  Remus Housley

Mother:  Margaret Housley

Brother:  Aster Housley

Sister:  Ethel Jones

Brother:  Lonnie Housley



Daughter:  Karen Campos

Son-In-Law:  David Campos

Son:  Larry Barton

Daughter-In-Law:  Beth Barton

Grandson:  Eric Campos

Granddaughter:  Diana Fairburn

Grandson-In-Law:  Jason Fairburn

Grandson:  Bryan Barton

Granddaughter-In-Law:  Gloria Barton

Great Grandson:  Micah Campos

Great Granddaughter:  Miah Campos

Great Granddaughter:  Solana Fairburn

Great Grandson:  Elias Fairburn

Great Granddaughter:  Lyra Barton

Great Granddaughter:  Alexa Barton

Brother:  Melvin “Duke” Dale Housley

Sister-In-Law:  Linda Housley




You can shed tears

because I am gone,

Or you can smile

because I have lived.

You can close your eyes

and pray that I will come back,

Or you can open your eyes

and see all that I have left.

Your heart can be empty

because you can’t see me,

Or you can be full

of the love we shared.

You can turn your back

on tomorrow and live yesterday,

Or you can be happy

for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember me

and only that I am gone,

Or you can cherish my memory

and let it live on.



“May God touch you

with His healing hand

and give you the peace and comfort

you need to get through.”





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