NORMAL — Velma Thomas of Normal will celebrate her 99th birthday Nov. 8 at a family home.
She was born Nov. 14, 1916, in Colusa. She married Orval Glisan on Oct. 4, 1941. He died Jan 25, 1985. She married Ben Thomas on March 4, 1989. He died Feb. 6, 2011. Her sister is Mabel Velge of Rock Island.
Her children are Lou (Juele) Glisan, Castle Rock, Colo.; Brenda (Bob) Siebert, Bloomington; daughter-in-law, Nancy Glisan, East Moline; and the late Vernon Glisan. She has seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She worked as a beautician and retired in 1981 from McCabe's Department Store in Rock Island. She enjoys following her grandchildren's sports activities, and the Cardinals, Bulls, Illinois State University, Illini, Iowa and the Broncos. She attended the First Christian Church in Moline for more than 50 years.