DEXTER - Thelma Nea, 85, died July 9, 2003, at Cypress Point Health Care in Dexter.
Born Dec. 31, 1917, in Dudley, daughter of the late Gifford and Susie Schnelle Long, she worked for Elder Manufacturing Co. in Dexter for 35 years before retiring.
On Oct. 1, 1938, at Piggott, Ark., she married Farrell Nea who preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 1999.
Survivors include: two sons, Fred Dennis Nea of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Charles Nea of Dexter; one daughter, Dixie Magner of Dexter; and eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
One brother, Gene Long, also preceded her in death.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. Saturday until service time at 1 p.m. at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Burial will follow in the Dexter Cemetery.