Thelma Waneta How February 28, 1937 - October 2, 2012

Thelma Sweet was born to Bruce Sr. and Waneta(Mann) in Vinita, Okla.

She graduated from Baxter Springs High School and attended Pittsburg State University.

Thelma married Charles How Jr. on May 11, 1956 in the First Christian Church in Baxter Springs.

Survivors include daughters, Mary (Carl) Ice of Westlake, Texas and Michelle (Robert) Larson of Baxter Springs; grandchildren Marshall (Megan) Ice of Arkansas City, Kan., Karen Ice of Barrington, Ill., Melanie Miller of Dodge City, Kan., Sarah Karami of Tulsa, Okla., Laura (Brian) Schnedler of Chanute and step granddaugther Catrina Larson of Pittsburg, Kan. Thelma had two great grandsons, Caden Miller and Joshuah Schnedler, and one step great granddaughter, Ashley George.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Bruce Jr. and Larry, and ex-husband, Charles How Jr. Additional survivors are nephews, Dewey, Eric and Ted Sweet and Brent (Lori) Sills as well as nieces Sonia Kappleman, Lanna' (Steve) Foster and Tiffany (Jeff) Maynard.

Thelma was an owner of Sweet's Furniture, owned Thelma How Interiors, and a member of Bethel Community Church. Thelma loved God and her family. She enjoyed reading scripture and spending time with loved ones. She was an original member of the Keenagers Singing Group and a talented interior decorator.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, October 5, 2012 at Bethel Community Church. Pastor Mark Kerr will officiate. Burial will follow in the Baxter Springs Cemetery. Family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel. Online condolences may be expressed at