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Thelma Louise (Charles) Cartwright

February 9, 1921 ~ February 27, 2019 (age 98)

Thelma Louise Charles Cartwright, 98 of Portsmouth, formerly of Indianapolis, IN, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2019. She was born February 9, 1921 in Cincinnati, OH, a daughter of the late James and Rosie (Gunter) Charles. Thelma was a member of Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. She was a graduate of Tennessee State University, was a Charter member of the Tennessee State Alumni Association and Dedicated Member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Thelma had a passion for writing and public speaking and treasured education and the opportunity to contribute.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Cartwright Mukes of Indianapolis, IN; two grandchildren, Desiree and Ana; a sister-in-law, Maxine Ballard of Portsmouth; a brother-in-law, Seth Cartwright; many nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.

A graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Washington Park North Cemetery in Indianapolis, IN, under the direction of  D.W. SWICK-NELSON FUNERAL HOME in New Boston, Ohio.  Fond memories and expressions of condolence may be shared at

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