Thelma L. Saye, 104


Thelma L. Saye, 104, of Jacksonville, died on Saturday, May 16, 2020, in Raymond, at the home of her grandson.

A private funeral service was held, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville. The Buchanan and Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville assisted the family with arrangements.

Mrs. Saye was born July 26, 1915, in Litchfield, the daughter of William and Estella Smith Grubbs. She married Elmo Saye and he preceded her in death.

Mrs. Saye retired from the Illinois State Police in an administrative role. She had also worked for JoAnn Fabrics and the Uniform Shop, both in Springfield. Thelma enjoyed crocheting, quilting and sewing. She especially enjoyed her yearly trips to Florida.

Mrs.Saye is survived by two grandchildren, Cathie (Terry) Downey of Harvel and Mark (Cheri) Wathern of Raymond; six great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Vivian Isenhower of Sun Lakes, AZ; her daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Wathern of Raymond; and stepson, Elmo R. (Joanie) Saye of Fargo, SD. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two children, David Wathern and Winona Janice “Jan” Kimble.

Memorials are suggested to PAWS of Jacksonville. Condolences may be left online at


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