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Obituaries » Thelma Godfrey

Thelma Mae Sisemore Godfrey, 92, of Warrenton, departed this world on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at The Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community.

Thelma was born on Monday, April 9, 1928, in The Plains, to the late Harry E. Sisemore and Mary L. Sinclair Sisemore. She was the first of three daughters born to the couple.

Thelma was a resident of Warrenton from 1949 to 2012, when she moved to the Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community. 

A graduate of Marshall High School, Thelma worked for more than 10 years as an operator with the old C&P Telephone Company, first in The Plains and then in Warrenton. When her four children took priority of her time, she became a full-time mom. As her two youngest children reached kindergarten age, Thelma went to work with Dot Sudduth in her kindergarten school and stayed until Dot retired from teaching. 

In addition to her parents, Thelma was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, George Vernon Godfrey; her sisters, Helen Sisemore Russell and Patricia Sisemore Plaster, and a great grandchild, Sarah Rose Fox.

Thelma leaves behind one son, G.V. “Dink” Godfrey, Jr., and three daughters, Deborah Godfrey Fox, Beverly Godfrey Boone, and Denise Godfrey Heflin. Thelma also leaves nine grandchildren, Johna Price Burke, Rachael Godfrey Mooney, Jason Fox, Naomi Heflin Ugalde, Lena Heflin Neighbors, Ian Heflin, Judy Heflin Poland, Angela Boone Fisher and Zachary Boone. Great grandchildren Rosalee “Rosie Mae” Fox, Jackson Mooney, Eliza Mooney, Scarlett Fisher, Brayden Fisher and Wade Poland also survive her. Thelma is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 

Thelma leaves behind the Staff and Residents of The Culpeper retirement community. They lovingly cared for and nurtured Thelma the past eight years and for whom the family will be forever grateful. Thelma was blessed to have the care of Dr. Anita Maybach and her staff as her health requirements increased. 

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Warrenton Cemetery, where she will be interred alongside her late husband. Facial masks and social distancing will be observed at visitation and the service due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community, now known as The Culpeper, Hospice of the Piedmont or the Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation Inc. of which she was a life member. 

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