In Loving Memory of Thelma Jean Mahar: 1933-2022


Thelma Jean Mahar passed away March 17, 2022, in Castle Rock, Washington. She was born May 6, 1933, to Lawrence and Anna Lee (Henderson) Fay in San Francisco, California. A resident of Cowlitz Mission the past five years, she lived on Parker Hill for over 60 years. 

Thelma married Bill Mahar on Jan. 27, 1951; they enjoyed a wonderful life together until his passing in 2004. Professionally, she worked 35 years at Bank Check Supply/ Harland. When Harland closed, she went to Centralia Beauty School and became a pedicurist. She then opened her own business, “Happy Feet.” She loved going to the senior housing facilities and doing pedicures for the elderly. 

To know Thelma was to love her. She was so kind, thoughtful, loving and caring. She once mentioned that people always described her as sweet because they couldn’t think of anything better to say, but it was the truth. She was a truly good, caring, sweet person. 

Thelma loved reading and doing puzzles. She also loved animals. Strays always seemed to find her. She fed the raccoons and porcupines, but her greatest love was feeding and watching wild birds. She had a raven that would call her every day and she would bring it an egg. 

Thelma is survived by daughters JoAnn Coen (husband Timothy) and Billie Coon (husband Melvin); grandchildren Jason and Justin Coen, and Joey Coon; two great-grandchildren; brother Doug Mahar; and her companion of the last 10 years Burgess “Boo” Bouchard. Burgess and his family were a source of enormous joy and love in her final years. 

The family would like to thank the Cowlitz Tribe Elders and Cowlitz Housing for their kindness and thoughtfulness to their mother. 

A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2022, from noon to 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Mission, Cowlitz Tribal Housing lunchroom, 107 Spencer Road, Toledo, Washington, 98591. 

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