Thelma Lee Shay

Thelma Lee Shay, (also known as Lee, T-Bone, T) age 68, died on August 4, 2018.

She fought an 18-year courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis and died due to complications of the disease.

Thelma, the youngest of six, was born in Thayer, Missouri and raised in Baldwin City, Kansas. She was a Rock Star and could be found performing rockabilly in small towns across Kansas in her teens and early 20’s. She was later inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame (2008).

Thelma went on to work for the Kansas Highway Patrol before moving to Kansas City and serving most of her career at Fowler Envelope Company.

She is remembered by family and friends as the ornery one who’s witt would keep the room in stitches and she willingly (and frequently) would do the splits on the dance floor.

She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters, Kelly (Tony) Berg and Jenny (Eddie) Acosta. She will also be fondly remembered by her four grandchildren, Mia, Macy, Eddie and Ellie, as well as her sisters, Barbara (Bob) Edmonds & Ann (Tom) Crosta, sister-in-law Louise Brewer (Gary), several nieces and nephews, & dear friends Dennis Supancic & Mary Higgins.

Thelma was preceded in death by her mother, Lucille Watson Brewer, father, Lester Brewer, and brothers Herman, Charles & David Brewer.

A memorial visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please make a concerted effort to do something kind for someone today. You can also help support those fighting this terrible disease by making a donation at www.nationalmssociety.org.

Messages & Condolences

From Louise (Brewer) Ferguson , Bud and Ella’s daughter...

Even tho I haven’t seen Thelma in years, I still remember her as a small girl when our parents used to get together to play cards. I know she will be missed, May she rest in peace,

From Marilyn Weber...

T – you will be missed. We have many fond memories of so many things too numerous to mention which will remain in our hearts forever. Sing and dance all you want (now that you can) and keep your fellow angels laughing!

From Delbert E. Sheldon...

RIP. Thelma, I have never forgotten the Good Ole Days & by My side during My car Accident Recovery👍❤️😀🙏 back in the day..

From Jenny Orlowski...

Kelly and Jenny,
I think the time period when I knew Thelma were some of her best. She was so much fun and fiercely supported her daughters in all you did. She was always a hoot to be around and she will always be remembered this way. Love and prayers to you all!

From Dennis Supancic...

To the family of Thelma Shay. May peace and comfort be with all of you at this difficult time. So glad I got to spend the last years of her life with her. She was still ornery during her fight with MS. Just not giving up!! I talked to her before the end, and I know she is in God’s arms and he is comforting her, as her mom did at her birth. No more pain!! Rest in peace Thelma!! Love you Baby!!!

From Sherry bartells...

Jenny and kelly I’m thinking of y’all and your families!! You two were such great daughters! I loved seeing the pictures of y’all visiting your momma!! Hearing about her doing splits on the dance floor shows me exactly where you two get it!! And I love it!! She died knowing she was so very loved!! I can’t be there Friday but know you will be in my heart!! ❤️

From Deanna K Mana...

I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful mom, Kelly! Please know my prayers will continue for your family, as you come to grips with this heartbreak!

From Sue McDonald...

Prayers to all of the family. Thelma was one of the happiest people I have ever met and a pleasure to spend time with. God rest her soul!

From Sarah Roos...

Thelma was an original mom! My mom and her had a lot of fun at soccer games with you and Emily. Love too all and Emily and I are always a text away if you need anything! #godblessawesomemoms

From Missy Wolfe...

I wish I could have met Thelma but I know she had to be an amazing momma to have raised such incredible daughters. Rest in Peace, Thelma. Prayers of comfort to all.

From Rod B...

A first “girlfriend/kiss” from 3rd grade has never been forgotten and never will be. Rest in peace Dear One.

From Mary Higgins...

I am so proud to call Thelma my BFF for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and so many friends, and also the staff at Brandon Woods,who all loved her dearly. RIP my dear friend.

From Ann Mann...

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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