NORMAL — Velma E. Thomas of Normal is celebrating her 101st birthday with a family celebration Nov. 12 at the Carriage House, Vrooman Mansion.
She was born Nov. 14, 1916, in Colusa. She married Orval Glisan on Oct. 4, 1941. He passed away Jan. 25, 1985. She married Ben Thomas on March 4, 1989. He passed away Feb. 6, 2011. Her sister is Mabel Velge, Rock Island.
Her children are Lou (Juele) Glisan, Breckenridge, Colo.; Brenda (Bob) Siebert, Bloomington; daughter-in-law, Nancy Glisan, Moline; and the late Vernon L. Glisan. She has seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was a beautician and retired from McCabe's Department Store in Rock Island. She enjoys following her great-grandchildren’s sports and watching the Cardinals, Cubs, Bulls, Illinois State University, Illini and Iowa basketball.
She was a member of First Christian Church in Moline for more than 50 years.