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133 E. Orchard Street
P.0. Box 217
Delton, MI 49046
Phone: (269) 623-5461
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Thelma Soya

Thelma L. Soya

Saturday, January 26th, 2019
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Soya, Thelma L.

Thelma L. Soya, age ninety six and a half, passed away on January 26, 2019 at Stoneridge Adult Foster Care. Thelma was born in Maple Grove Township, the daughter of George and Fern (Harding) Ball. Thelma graduated from Hastings High School in 1941. She was a 4-H leader for eighteen years in the Maple Grove and Banfield areas. Thelma was a member of Country Chapel United Methodist Church. A homemaker, Thelma enjoyed spending time with her family, camping, reading, sewing, crafts, cake decorating, and flower gardening. Thelma was married to the love of her life, Rudolph Soya, for sixty one years before he preceded her in death in 2002. Thelma was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, four sisters, and son in law, Gary Bristol. Thelma is survived by son, Roland “Joe” (Evelyn) Soya; daughters: Lynell Scofield, Lynette Bristol, Carolyn (Clifford) McDonald; seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren. Thelma’s family will receive friends, Friday, February 1, 2019, 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Country Chapel United Methodist Church, where her funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Pastor Rick Foster, officiating. Burial will take place in Banfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Stoneridge Adult Foster Care or Country Chapel United Methodist Church will be appreciated. Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Thelma’s family.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 1st, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, February 1st, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Country Chapel UMC
    9275 M-37
    DOWLING, MI 49050
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  • Service

    Friday, February 1st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 1st, 2019 11:00am
    Country Chapel United Methodist Church
    9275 S M 37 Highway
    DOWLING, MI 49050
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Rick Foster
  • Interment

    Banfield Cemetery
    DELTON, MI 49046
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Bill F

Posted at 04:33pm
My sincere condolences to the family and friends, so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in knowing that Jehovah God will soon resurrect our dear loved ones (John 5:28-29). O how we long for the day when pain, suffering and death will be no more, these former things will have passed away (Revelation 21:3-4).

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Posted at 06:36am
I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you. Best wishes, Loyann (Bair) Leinaar

Posted at 06:19pm
Lynette, Carrie, and Lynell, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. Just knowing Lynette and Carrie, I can tell she must have been a great woman. My heart is with you.
Pat Lazarus


Posted at 01:05pm
I’m very sorry for the loss of Thelma, please accept my sincere condolences. Grief can be so hard especially the first year and though it may seem like death is the final state of things God’s word offers the hope of seeing those lost in death again during the promised resurrection. Christ spoke of this resurrection which means a standing back up, a restoration to life. At John 5:28,29 and John 6:40 he says in part “do not marvel at this there is going to be a resurrection...I will resurrect him on the last day”. So be assured you can be reunited with your loved one at a time when all things are made new. A time of true peace and security! You can read this at Psalms 37:10,11,29 and Revelation 21:4,5. There are many more heartwarming scriptures that give comfort and hope. For more please visit

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