Thelma Gourley Mcmunn

thelma mcmunn obitThelma Gourley Mcmunn of Richmond, VA, formerly of Hermitage, PA died peacefully on Wednesday, March 23, after a short illness at the age of 92.

She was born May 14, 1923, to John Ray Gourley and Ella Brown Gourley of Reidsburg, PA. After graduating from high school, she worked as a secretary for the LEF&C Railroad. She married William Allen McMunn in 1945. They resided in DuBois, PA, where she was a homemaker. They moved to Oil City, PA in 1968 and then to Hermitage, PA 3 years later. This area was her home for 39 years. She worked in the office of Sears Roebuck store and shared management of a Montgomery Ward catalogue store with her husband, in New Castle PA. She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and was an active participant in the Couplers S.S. Class, Ruth Circle, cooked for the Youth Club and volunteered in the church office. She was an avid Bridge player and spent her time at Ridgewood playing cards with the residents. In addition, she was a volunteer with the American Red Cross.

After Allen’s death, she lived in the Stone Ridge condominium community for 15 years. In 2010 she moved to Richmond, VA to be closer to family and resided at the Brookdale Assisted Living community.

She is survived by a son, Randon Allen McMunn, of Cincinnati, Ohio; 2 daughters; Mrs. Karen Willis (John) of Farmington Hills, MI and Gayle McMunn of Glen Allen, VA, grandson Derek Willis (Melissa) of Lowell, MI and granddaughter Kalyn Willis of Longview, TX, her sister, Martha Craig of VA Beach, VA and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers; Col. Harold Gourley, Cecil Gourley and Paul Gourley, and two sisters; Betty Pierce and Bonnie Love.

Thelma will be remembered as a very kind, gentle soul who nurtured many lifelong friendships. Family meant everything to her. She enjoyed her daily crossword puzzles, walks in the sun, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. Special appreciation is extended to the CCU staff at St. Mary’s Hospital who provided loving, compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, Sharon, PA, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of the Goble Funeral Home and Crematory, 330 Wood Street in Clarion, where visitation will be held from 1 – 4 p.m. on Tuesday with funeral services to follow at 4:00 p.m. Rev. Kevin Haley, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Clarion will officiate. Interment will be in the Clarion Cemetery.

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