Thelma Cropper Gault, 90

Thelma Cropper Gault, 90, died Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at home. She was a retired assistant vice president from Maryland State Bank after having started at the original Bishopville Bank. She was as appreciated by her co-workers as well as the many customers who remembered her friendliness and courtesy years after her retirement.

She had been an active member of Wilson United Methodist Church in Bishopville, where she served as financial secretary for almost 50 years; the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bishopville Volunteer Fire Dept where she was the last of the charter members and had served 65 years; Women of Wilson, where she had been the treasurer for many years; and the Willard’s Senior Center right up until the time of her death. She had received the Governor’s Citation twice. She was always a quiet, unassuming and modest woman. She was a willing worker who could always be counted on in the community. Most important in her life was her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her example of living a life of unfailing kindness, caring and compassion are a true legacy to them.

She is survived by her son, David Wesley Gault and his wife Beverly; her daughter, Rosalie Gault Smith and her husband Murray; four grandchildren, Cindy G. Parente, Stephen Gault Smith, David J. Gault, and M. Ross Smith Jr.; and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Hazel Wilkins, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Gault Jr. They had shared almost 51 years of marriage. A brother, Herman D. Cropper, died in 1977.

Funeral services were scheduled for June 30, 2006. Interment will be at Bishopville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Bishopville Vol. Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary for the Ambulance Fund, P.O. Box 350, Bishopville, MD 21813.