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Thelma Huston

Thelma K. Bangert Huston 89 years old, born July 18, 1931 in Pin Oak Township, died peacefully on February 13. 2021 at 11:42 p.m.  She was the daughter of Charles and Edna Herren Bangert. They preceded her in death as did a sister in 1928. 

Thelma was raised on a farm and graduated from McCray-Dewey High School, Troy in 1949 and was a member of Friedens United Church of Christ in Troy being baptized in 1931 and confirmed into the faith in 1945.  On June 10, 1950 she was married to Chester Huston, son of Charles and Maude Smith Huston. Chester preceded her in death on May 18, 2012.

Four children were born to this union: Marcy (John) Hardwick of Murfreesboro, TN, Dean (Teresa) Huston of Freeburg, Stan (Vivian)Huston of Troy and Tona (Rick) Walker of Troy.  There are 6 Grandchildren: Shelly (Thomas) Farmer of Lascassas, Tennessee, Cory (Joslyn) Brandt of Christiana, Tennessee, Crystal (Rachel) Huston of Indiana, Addie Huston of Freeburg, Tanner (Brittany) Riden of Glen Carbon, and Lukas (Maya) Skalisius of Troy.   6 Step-Grandchildren: Aaron Hardwick of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Trent Thompson of Freeburg, Julia (Kyle) Schmidt of Edwardsville, Jacob (Michelle) Cook of O’Fallon, Andrew Echeverria of Collinsville, Christina (Drew) Canini of St. Jacob, IL,  Elisa (Matt) Bauer of Collinsville and James George of Troy.  3 Great-  Grandchildren: Katelynn and Jessica Farmer of Lascassas, Tennessee and Garrick Brandt of Christiana, Tennessee.  12 Step Great-Grandchildren: Aubrey and Morgan Whitehead, Chris and Kaylee Schmitt of Edwardsville, IL, Liam and Waylon Canini of St. Jacob, Ethan Helmhoit, Aiden Bower and Eli Bower of Collinsville, Keyleigh ,David and Kayla George of Troy.  Sister-in-law Audrey Huston of Jackson, MO and Special Cousin, Gladys Huston of Troy.

Thelma served as Pin Oak Township Assessor for 12 years, was on the Madison County Board of Review for six years and served as an election judge for 16 years.  She also worked at the PMA Office, Edwardsville Care Center, Morgan Linen and Retired from Busy Bee Copy Service. She was an organist at Friedens UCC for 48 years and in addition played for 634 funerals and 136 weddings. She was a faithful member for the church as a Sunday School Teacher, Chancel and Youth Choir Director and served on several boards and committees. She loved her church work, especially quilting and being co-chair of the Quilt-Art Show every November.  She held several offices in the Women’s Guild and was a member of the Jarvis Township Senior Citizens.  She especially liked her yard and garden, took pride in her home, canning and preserving, cooking and baking, helping others with their quilts, needlework and dancing in her earlier years.

Her special monthly treat was quilter’s birthday luncheons and being a part of the “What’s Trump?” pinochle group.  She was happiest when her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were at her home.

Memorials may be made to Friedens United Church of Christ.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

Private family services will be held with Rev. Tim Harrison officiating. A service of celebration of Thelma’s life will be schedule at Friedens United Church of Christ, Troy.

Richeson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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