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United Church of Christ, Scotland
Monday January 25th, 2016

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Charlotte  Thum

Rev. Ron Shifley
Dennis Thum
Organist ~ Sharon Orth
Charlotte Thum was born on July 22, 1922 to Adam and Johanna (Max) Muehlbeier in rural Scotland, South Dakota. On February 25, 1945, she was united in marriage to Elton Thum at Zion Lutheran Church in Scotland. Following the completion of Elton’s U.S. Navy military service, they made their home on the Thum family farm 6 miles southwest of Scotland. For the 50+ years that Elton farmed, Charlotte was a hardworking farmwife. She would milk their temperamental dairy cows and raise numerous chickens and ducks. Charlotte was able to find joy in the everyday responsibilities and chores she took care of for her family. She was happy in her calling as a wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, baking, embroidering, and nurturing a flower garden in her yard. Charlotte was also the unofficial family photographer. There wasn’t an occasion or event that she missed taking pictures of. Throughout their lives, Elton and Charlotte loved to entertain guests, oftentimes around the table with coffee, cookies, conversation, and laughter. The couple also shared a love of music. Over the years, they had sung at over 100 funerals together as well as in many church and community choirs and quartets. Charlotte was a good-intentioned, thankful person. She held high ideals and valued kindness. She would regularly send notes, cards, and thank yous expressing her gratitude, sympathy, or greetings.
During her life, Charlotte was a member of numerous local organizations. She was an active member of the United Church of Christ in Scotland, serving in the Women’s Fellowship, as a VBS and Sunday School teacher, and positions in many other church committees. She was a member and officer of the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital Avera Auxiliary and Paul Grosshuesch VFW POST #2966 Auxiliary.
Charlotte passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the Good Samaritan Society of Scotland having attained the age of 93 years, 5 months, and 29 days.
She is survived and remembered by her children: Dorothy (Dennis) Bietz of Olivet, Rita (Don) Baker of Sioux Falls, and Dennis (Ellen) Thum of Sioux Falls; 7 grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; brother Lester (Shirley) Muehlbeier of Scotland; sister Vi Popma of Scotland; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Elton in 2005.

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I was so sorry to hear of Charlotte's passing. Tamara and I have been friends for over 36 years and I know how much her grandmother meant to her. She enjoyed spending time with her talking about gardening, cooking and other things. I had the pleasure of meeting her on several different occasions, she was a lovely, down to earth lady. She will be greatly missed by many. Rita you are like a 2nd mother to me, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Please know that I am praying for you and the rest of the family during this very difficult time.

Sue Vande Kamp Jan 25 2016 8:39 AM

Dear Dorothy, Rita, Dennis and Families, We send you our deepest sympathy at the passing of Charlotte. Our hearts are heavy but at the same time we know Charlotte is with Shorty and this was her fervent wish and prayer for some time . Charlotte was not only a dear and truly loved Aunt, she was our treasured friend. How we will miss her cheerful smile and warm hugs. We cherish all the wonderful memories we have of her and Shorty. They were so very special to us and our family. God Bless you as you gather to celebrate the life of Charlotte. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Marvin and Agnes Thum Jan 24 2016 1:20 PM

It's always hard to lose a parent, but cherish the memories. I remember all the good times we had when visiting in our younger days plus the great lunches.

Carol Weiz Jan 23 2016 6:54 PM

The obituary is a beautiful tribute to your mother's life. May her love and devotion carry on through the generations listed and those to come. I pray that your precious memories bring you comfort and peace. Jane Rokusek

Jane Orth Rokusek Jan 22 2016 11:26 AM

We lift our eyes to our Lord to grant you comfort during this sad time.

Perrizo Family Jan 22 2016 10:38 AM

So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Even if 'time' - it is still such a deep loss.

Caryl Abbott Jan 22 2016 7:30 AM

Charlotte was the family 'matriarch'. She always got a chuckle out of being referred to as such. She was a beautiful lady, inside and out. We enjoyed our conversations over being married to sailors! And I always looked forward to visiting her whenever I was in Scotland. I'm sure LeAnne was there to greet her along with the host of relatives and friends who've gone before. I will miss her friendly smile.... Donna

Donna Mouser Jan 21 2016 5:57 PM