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Thelma D. Weaver

February 29, 1928 March 28, 2020
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Mrs. Thelma D. Weaver age 92, of Raleigh, NC passed away on March 28, 2020.
awn Weaver. February 29, 1928 – March 28, 2020.
I am writing this on what I call a “Canada weather” day. It is gray, cool (57F/14C) and there is a light
breeze. I remember many times visiting my mother’s family in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada when
the weather was like this. Hence Canada weather.
Thelma “Dawn” Tuttle Weaver (Mom) was a leap year baby born on February 29, 1928 in Jersey City,
New Jersey to Don and Thelma Tuttle. During the Depression, the family moved to Nova Scotia, Canada
where her father’s family lived. Her parents were florists and Tuttle’s Florist was the place to buy
flowers for all special occasions. Mom’s love of flowers and creating small versions of flowers continued
throughout her life.


After graduating high school, which required her to identify WWII fighter planes in order to get her
diploma, Mom moved to New York City. It was in New York where she met our father, Ralph Weaver,
on a blind date. They married and had three children, Pamela “Pam,” Ralph “Buddy,” and Craig
“Corky”.


Dad worked for General Motors and was asked to move to Africa to set up a GM facility for maintenance
of GM cars that were in the Middle East and Africa. With three children under the age of 3 we all moved
to Nairobi, Kenya, Africa in 1958.
Sadly Dad died on March 8, 1959 in Adin, Arabia.
Before returning to the United States, Mom took the three of us and our nanny, Renee Morel, to
Europe. Mom said she had to adjust to her new life as a widow with three children, and since none of us
were school age this was her time to see places she knew she would never see again.

Upon our return to states Mom bought our house in the town of Eastchester, Westchester County, NY,
so we could be close to Dad’s sister, Lois Robinson, and her family. Aunt Lois, her husband John, and
their five children (John, Lynne, Beth, Lisa, and Mary) were a source of support to Mom and our family
throughout the years including annual Fourth of July celebrations at the Robinson’s home in Pearl River,
NY, and many large family gatherings for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Once back in NY, Mom returned to work, this time with the Phipps Company and would often take us to
the Phipps estate on Long Island, New York to see the Phipps’ horses. Here is an article about the sale of
the Phipps family estate we use to visit.
https://libn.com/2018/03/07/phipps-family-sells-old-westbury-
estate-for-7m/
Mom later worked for Ciba-Geigy in Rye, NY. When Ciba-Geigy decided to move its headquarters to
Greensboro, North Carolina, Mom accepted the offer to move with the company. In 1973, our family
moved to Burlington, NC, a place that had never seen a bagel!Mom’s house in Burlington became the
hang out for my brothers and their friends (I was already in college). Mom generously accepted all the
“visitors” and ultimately became a foster mother to Richard Murray, a friend of Corky, who had just lost

his father. Richard’s brother Robert also moved into mom’s house for a while. Robert Murray and his
sister, Pat Thompson, were still in contact with mom at the time of her death.
Mom became interested in miniatures for doll houses, and started travelling to miniature shows around
the country. Consistent with her family’s interest in flowers Mom often focused on miniature flowers.
Here is an old article where her flowers are mentioned.
https://www.wannainelpaso.com/seasons/vintage_valentines_and_sweet_treats.shtml
Years later when her then employer Ciba-Geigy offered her a retirement package that included
healthcare and a pension, Mom took advantage of the offer. Sold her house, purchased a 27’
Winnebago, and began driving to miniature shows around the US. Mom lived and traveled in the
Winnebago for about 10 years.
Thelma Tuttle, Mom’s mother, would often accompany Mom on these trips seeing the country and,
whenever possible, finding a casino in which to gamble. They were quite a travelling pair. A week
before she died, Mom told me she really missed her mother and often thought her mother was present.
Mom and Gram/Nana Tuttle at Nana’s 100
th
birthday party in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Mom continued her interest in making and selling miniatures well into her 80s, selling through eBay, at
local artisan fairs, and at the senior center in Cary, North Carolina.

In the last year mom reconnected with Renee Morel, our nanny, who traveled with us to the US from
Kenya and now lives in New Jersey. Mom loved talking with Renee since Renee was the only one who
remembers Africa and our early days in NY.
Mom is survived by her daughter, Pamela Weaver Best (Susan Moran) of Cary, NC and son, Corky
Weaver of Asheboro, NC; her daughter-in-law, Buddy’s wife Tracy Weaver of Hudson, FL; brother,
Donnie Tuttle of East Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada; Robert Murray (Joyce) of Georgia, and Pat Thompson
(Dave) of Florida, and extended family throughout the US and Canada.
In addition to her parents and her husband Ralph, Mom was predeceased by her son Ralph “Buddy,”
sister-in-law Teresa “Cissie” Tuttle, and sister-in-law Lois Robinson, niece Kelly Tuttle, and foster son
Richard Murray.
In accordance with Mom’s wishes there will be no funeral. Due to the restrictions on travel and
gatherings because of the COVID-19 virus, a celebration of her life will be held in the future at a date and
time to yet to be determined.

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