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Thelma McManus

February 24, 2020

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Thelma McManus, 79, of Baker City, died on Monday, February 24, 2020 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Baker City.  A family gathering will be held at a later date.

Thelma was born at home April 11, 1940 in Eureka, Montana to parents Manuel and Ethel Kautzman. She was raised and educated in Eureka and graduated from Lincoln County High School in 1958.  She then attended business school in Boise, Idaho.

It was in Boise, Idaho that Thelma met and married William “Bill” McManus May 25, 1960.  She was blessed with four step children that she was able to watch grow up.

Thelma worked road construction in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. While in Montana she took a job cutting Christmas trees.  Later, she and Bill worked together running a Service Station in Durkee, Oregon.

Thelma loved to read books, going fishing and spending time in the outdoors. She especially loved caring for her pets which included dogs, cats and a rabbit. Thelma was also an excellent cook and a member both the Elks and the Eagles.

Country music was a big part of Thelma’s life.  Her husband Bill played at “Old Timer Fiddlers”. A favorite memory was during a trip to Nashville when Bill played on the”Nashville Now Show” on TV.  It was raining and Thelma’s feet got wet.  Ralph Emery called Thelma up onto the stage where he hung her wet socks up to dry. 

Thelma will be remembered for her ability to be able to talk to anyone, anywhere. She could get on an elevator and by the time the door opened everyone was laughing.

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband Bill McManus; step son Gary McManus; brother Manuel Kautzman Jr.; nephew Gary Slater.

She is survived by her step son Bill and his wife Linda of Cambridge, Idaho; step daughters Shannon and  husband Mike Gorringe, Cheri and husband Wally Olson, both of Boise, Idaho; sister Irene Kautzman Slater of Eureka, Montana.

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