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Bell Buckle loses a fine lady with Thelma Haskins' passing

Posted Monday, December 12, 2011, at 2:00 PM

Many of you may not even know that you know her, but if you saw a small framed woman walking on Hwy 82 between Haskins Auto Salvage and Bell Buckle, it was most likely her.

I rarely saw her when she did not have something in her hands that was thrown on the side of the road. While her walking was probably for health reasons, she probably was the key reason that stretch stayed clean.

When we first came to Bell Buckle 18+ years ago, we were outsiders to some, but never to Thelma. I can not think of a time that we were not greeted with a charming, infectious smile and I would bet that smile met everyone.

As often happens when things occur on the weekend, we missed the news until Sunday's paper and details were not set at that time. We learn now that we missed our opportunity to show our respects and we apologize to her family.

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She was a sweet lady that I only had a chance to meet a few times. She had been seen out walking her dog just last Thursday. And apparently her best friend/neighbor, Mrs Pearson, died an hour before her. They're probably having one heck of a conversation up in heaven!

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Tue, Dec 13, 2011, at 5:46 AM

I am not sure I knew Mrs. Pearson. Not by name but maybe by sight. If anyone has a picture, I would sure like to know.

What a coincidence for both of them to pass so closely.

I truly believe that sadness is not a strong emotion once you've passed, if present at all. It is certainly one for those left behind but a comfort that their loved one is now enjoying their reward.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Dec 13, 2011, at 6:45 AM

Mrs Haskins was one fine person. I don't think I ever saw her without a smile. She gave from the heart and there are going to be many that miss her. The family is in my prayers, I to missed the opportunity to show my respects the the family.

-- Posted by Union on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 10:00 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.