OBITUARY - GUELDA (THARP) STAHL WAX JONES
August 09, 1907 - April 17, 2003
Guelda JONES, 95 years, passed away on April 17, 2003 at her residence in the Colonial Manor in Anita.
The daughter of Isaac F. and Lois L. (CALLEN) THARP, Guelda was born August 9, 1907, in Delphos, Iowa which is in Ringgold
County. When Guelda was about 16, she moved to Des Moines with her family. She graduated from the West High School in Des
Moines in 1927. She worked as a telephone operator before her marriage to Lloyd STAHL and they lived in Grimes, Iowa until
he passed away. She then returned to Des Moines and graduated from beauty school. Her second marriage was to Ray WAX and
the two of them worked together in Grimes. She was a beauty operator and Ray was a barber. After Ray passed away, Guelda
was employed with the Meredith Publishing Company in Des Moines for a number of years until retiring in September of 1972.
Due to ill health she resided in a nursing home in Des Moines for a while before going to live with her brother Zeno for
over a year before returning to Des Moines. Then she moved to the Colonial Manor in Anita and while living there her third
husband (Kenneth JONES) passed away. Guelda was a member of the Nova Chapter Order of the Eastern Star in Des Moines. She
was a pianist and a talented singer.
Surviving are her three sisters, Mary ASHBY of Atlantic and a number of nieces and nephews. Her parents; her three
husbands and four brothers Dale, Harold, Leo and Zeno THARP preceded her in death.
Services for Guelda will be held Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at 10:00 A.M. at the Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic, Iowa
with the Rev. Tompsie SMITH for the First United Methodist Church of Atlantic officiating. Interment will be in the
Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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