Obituary for Thelma Nordeen
Thelma Herriman Nordeen, 92, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2017, at Bellavita in Scarborough, Maine.
Born December 9, 1924, in Washington, DC, and raised in Woodside Park, Silver Spring, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Ethel C. (Wages) and Lawton G. Herriman. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Ronald O. Nordeen. She was the loving mother of Rona (Wayne) Wendeborn of Thoreau, New Mexico; Curtis (Barbara) Nordeen of Boise, Idaho; and Randi (Jude) Hogan of Scarborough, Maine. She is also survived by six grandchildren Karrie Jensen, Garrett Wendeborn, and Fletcher, Brittany, Paige and Lindsay Nordeen; and four great-grandchildren.
Nicknamed “Terry” at Harcum College (Class of 1944), she made dear friends with whom she kept in touch throughout her life. She became an elementary school teacher and also shared her love of dance with children and adults as a Dance Masters of America teacher. When Ron joined the foreign service, together they traveled to India, Turkey and Greece and had “one great adventure.” After retirement, they moved to Shepherdstown and immersed themselves in town life as active volunteers. Terry helped renovate the historic Entler Hotel and served as docent, planned fundraising events to benefit Millbrook Chamber Orchestra, and delighted in her weekly styling of “Sadie,” Trinity Thrift Shop’s mannequin.
The life of the party, Terry loved to entertain and threw many memorable parties with Ron, abroad and in the States. Her home was always ready for visitors, with fresh centerpieces and table decorations, bowls of candy and a box of toys for little ones. After Ron died in 1997, she channeled her natural hospitality into a new role as director of the Shepherdstown Visitors Center, where she greeted “guests” with her warm smile for 11 years.
Although dementia and failing eyesight were limitations in her final years, Terry continued to smile and express herself through small gestures. She never complained, maintained her Christian faith and showed great love to family and friends who called on her.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at her former parish church Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown, followed by interment at Rosedale Cemetery. Friends will be welcomed one hour prior at the church.
Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home.