Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Thelma Walker Peters

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Thelma W. Peters, 92, former telephone operator, secretary and clerk typist, died July 22, 2007, of complications of a stroke and Alzheimer’s dementia at the Copper Ridge nursing facility in Sykesville.

She was a resident of Silver Spring for 60 years and the wife of the late Lewis B. Peters.

Mrs. Peters, the daughter of a coal miner, was born in Springdale, W.Va., and attended high school at Meadow Bridge. She completed business college in Charleston, W.Va., in 1936.

Mrs. Peters left West Virginia in 1939 to work as a telephone operator for the old Bell Telephone Company before transferring to the police dispatching office of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., in 1942. She later worked as an administrative secretary for police headquarters before leaving for a secretarial position at the John’s Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in 1949.

After many years as a homemaker, she returned to work as a clerk typist for the human resources department of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1973. She transferred to the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., in 1975 and retired in 1980.

Mrs. Peters was a member of Woodside United Methodist Church in Silver Spring. She was a volunteer room mother at East Silver Spring Elementary School. She loved gardening, cooking, sewing and traveling.

Survivors include a daughter, Dolores ‘‘Lola” Peters (William C.) Davis of Clarksburg; a sister, Wanda E. Gregory of Kingsville; and two brothers, Chester W. Walker and W. Earl Walker, both of Springdale.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Haight Funeral Home in Sykesville and Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Rainelle, W.Va. Burial took place at Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville, W.Va., on July 27.