Thelma June Robison Meade: June 26, 1923-December 14, 2020
Thelma June Robison Meade was born in Broadus, MT, on June 26, 1923, to Arthur & Barbara Robison. Thelma went to heaven on December 14, with her three children at her side. Thelma grew up in a sod house, without water, electricity or plumbing, until the age of 12. She was the oldest of four children. When her father abandoned the family, her mother moved them to the Russell Ranch, near Broadus. There, her mother cared for the aging parents of Carl Russell. On the Russell Ranch, Thelma & her two siblings lived, with their mother, in a simple, log house. During high school, Thelma and her sister Laura moved to a small trailer house in Broadus, to attend school. The trailer had no water, no bathroom and a wood burning stove. They used the bathroom at a local motel and took showers at the high school. Thelma graduated from the Broadus High School, where she played trombone in the band and participated on the volleyball team. Her post-graduation goal was to become a Registered Nurse. She attended the nursing school in Aberdeen, SD and at the Presentation School of Nursing in Miles City. Thelma graduated on June 30, 1945, as a Registered Nurse, certified by the Montana State Board of Examiners for Nurses. Thelma met her future husband in Broadus, MT. Hap saw her downtown, walking with a classmate, and asked her to go to the movie with him. Hap had to borrow another five cents from a friend to be able to pay for the movie, popcorn and drinks. While on military leave, Hap took a train from Seattle, to MN, then caught another train to Glasgow, MT, where his nephew, Bud Meade picked him up. He borrowed Bud’s car and drove to Broadus to propose to Thelma. They were married in Ekalaka, MT, on July 13, 1944. Three days later, Hap returned to Seattle and the US Army. Thelma stayed in Miles City, to continue her nursing degree. In that era, married students were not allowed in the nursing program. Since Hap was drafted into the military and out of the country, the school made a special concession for her to continue her nursing courses. Thelma had once wanted to become a flight nurse, but once she was married, that was no longer an option. Hap returned in 1946 and they settled in Belle Fourche, SD, where Hap constructed the first on several homes. They then moved back to Miles City, where Hap had dance band work and another home to build. To this union, their first son, Lester Allen was born, on November 21, 1948. Next, they moved to Osborn, ID, where Hap built two family homes. When the Idaho homes were completed, they moved to Brainerd, MN, where their daughter Melody Rae, was born in 1951. Hap’s carpentry jobs and dance work took them back to Belle Fourche, where their second son, Randy Lee, was born in 1953. Thelma was the Head Nurse at Holy Rosary Hospital for OB/GYN, for 14 years. She was very proud to be a nurse. There were times when she delivered babies, by herself, when the OB doctor didn’t get there in time. She was also the Head Nurse at the Custer County Rest Home for 14 more years. Since her husband Hap had already retired as the hospital carpenter, they embarked on several trips. They went to Branson, MO, Alaska, Arizona, Washington D.C, Hawaii & California. Thelma enjoyed taking care of her tulips & peonies in her yard. She did some sewing, knitting and embroidery. Thelma was on a ladies bowling team, with other nurses, at the Red Rock Bowling Lanes, for several years. She was Hap’s painting, staining, and clean-up helper for many homes that were built, including their three family homes, and a four-plex, in Miles City. They moved to Billings, MT, in 1991, for four years. They remodeled & sold a family home, near their son’s home. They enjoyed several school activities with their granddaughters Tonya & Kerri in Billings. Mom’s constant companion for the last five years, has been an Australian Miniature Labradoodle dog, named Abby Marie. Their son, Randy, moved into their home, to take care of his father, Hap, in 2015, until 2017, when Hap passed away with cancer. He remained at their home to care for his mother, until December 15, 2020. Thelma was preceded in death by her parents, Barbara & Arthur Robison, brother John Robison & infant brother Sam. Thelma is survived by her children: Les (Carla) Meade of Boise, ID, Melody (Bob) Haynes & Randy Meade of Miles City. Her grandchildren Vicki (Glenn) Larson, of Justin, TX, Travis (Jessica) Haynes of Billings, MT & Spencer (Rachel) Haynes of Miles City; Tonya (Tony) Veches of Boise, ID, Kerri (Gregg) Solarz, of Missoula, MT. Great grandchildren: Axel (7), Ares & Iris (5) Larson of Justin, TX, Amelia & Destiny (8) & Austin (5) Haynes of Miles City. Brogan (15), Camden & Dresden (11 ) of Boise, ID. Thelma’s sister Laura Parra lives in Mt. Juliet, TN. She is survived by numerous nieces & nephews. A military graveside service will be held in June, 2021, for both Hap & Thelma Meade. We would like to thank Holy Rosary Healthcare Medical staff, including Dr. Davison, ICU nurse Lori and the ICU Staff, Holly Parsons, Palliative Care, Jessica Rosenkranz PT, for their tender, loving care of Thelma, in her last days.
Should friends desire memorials can be made to the Miles Community College Nursing program in the name of Thelma Robinson Meade. Condolences can be made to the family by visiting stevensonandsons.com.