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Thelma Jackson

Thelma “Nums” Jackson died peacefully in Wilmington DE on September 28. She was nearly 89 years old. Thelma was preceded by her love, Lou, just four months ago. Throughout her lifetime, Thelma gave from her heart to family and friends, acquaintances and strangers. She was always available to others, and would literally give you the shirt off her back if you complimented her on it. Thelma enjoyed volunteering, and she was a generous supporter of numerous charities and QVC.

A life-long Delawarean, Thelma was born in 1933 in Wilmington to Clara (Porst) and Charles Huber, Sr. Thelma was a 1951 graduate of P.S. duPont High School. Through a work/study program funded by E.I.duPont de Nemours, Thelma attended Goldey Beacom College; and upon graduation in 1953 she continued with duPont as a stenographer.

On New Year’s Day 1954 Thelma was introduced to the dashing Lou “Tex” Jackson by their mutual friend, Bob Stack. Thelma and Lou married on June 5, 1954 and began 68 loving years of marriage. Thelma and Lou were married in St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church and were members throughout their lives.

From an early age, Thelma loved to dance, attending high school and neighborhood dances at every opportunity. Thelma taught Lou to dance, and they went on to charm others with their combined talents. Being of similar short stature, they were simply adorable on the dance floor, and swept many jitterbug contests.

Thelma spent most of her DuPont administrative career in Chemicals, Dyes & Pigments at Chestnut Run before moving to Wilmington offices in the Brandywine Building. As Lou also worked downtown, they’d meet most days for lunch and stroll Market Street holding hands. Thelma retired from DuPont in 1992 after 39 years of dedicated service to join Lou in full time grand parenting.

As retirees, Thelma and Lou made their first trip abroad to France, enjoyed numerous domestic trips with the Telephone Pioneers, and cruised with family and friends. Devoted to her family, Thelma’s favorite times were spent among them, whether at small impromptu meals or large holiday gatherings. Thelma enjoyed the physical and social benefits at Curves and Beyond 50; and she looked forward to dining out monthly with her RODEO (Real Old Dames Eating Out) Girls.

In addition to Lou, Thelma was predeceased by her parents Clara and Charles Huber, Sr.

Thelma is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Paul Amer (Moultonborough, NH), and three cherished grandchildren Sarah (Brookline, MA), Samuel (Hoboken, NJ), and Libby (Jamaica Plain, MA). Additionally, Thelma is survived by her sister Joan Huber (Wilmington), brother Charles Huber Jr and his wife, Thelma’s best friend, Lyn (Wilmington), and sister-in-law Ann Humphreys (DeLand, FL) as well as many dear nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

We are deeply indebted to family friends Jack and Audrey McCullough and their children, Clare Pienkowski, Fran Dickerson, and Stephanie Harris for their love and support. A special mention goes to Mary Lou Bartlett and Brenda Hagelstein, Thelma’s first cousins as well as her friends. The family truly appreciates Shipley Living and Delaware Hospice for their exceptional care and compassion.

Funeral Services

A Celebration of Life is planned for early 2023. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 ( or Delaware Hospice where memorial gifts can be made online (, over the phone, or by mail.


    Chuck and Lyn Huber lit a candle and writes,
    My best friend and sister-in-law has joined her beloved Lou in heaven. I will miss her every day, her phone calls, shopping, and laughing over sometimes silly things. She and Lou traveled with us to wonderful and exciting places and l have the albums to prove it! Alaska was her favorite. Rest with Lou,l love you💞
    09/29/2022 10:21 pm
    Mary Lou Huber Bartlett lit a candle and writes,
    Thelma, not only were you my cousin but my dear friend, especially over the last several months with us both losing the love of our life’s just 10 days apart of each other. I enjoyed listening to all your beautiful memories of Lou and your planning for your 70th anniversary party. You and Lou both brighten up my day many times when you would come to get your hair done. You will always be in my heart and dearly missed but you are now with Lou for eternally dancing and jitterbugging and you both watching over your family and being their special angels. Love you😘. RIP my friend💞
    09/30/2022 12:42 pm
    Sandy Higgins/Eddyjon Jackson writes,
    So very sorry to hear. Aunt Thelma you will be missed by many. I will treasure the memories I have of you..we loved you and Uncle Lou dearly. Now go dance away with Uncle Lou..❤️
    09/30/2022 12:45 pm
    Stephanie and Keith Harris lit a candle and writes,
    It has been a joy to be friends with Thelma. Her love of family and friends warms our hearts. We will miss her dearly.
    09/30/2022 12:48 pm
    Marlene mousley writes,
    So very sorry to hear of cousin Thelma’s passing . She’s a lovely person and will be missed. She’s with the love of her life Lou. I’m sure the two of them will teach the other angels a few dance steps!! RIP you two till we meet again!
    10/01/2022 09:19 am
    Donald E Stapleton lit a candle and writes,
    Rest in peace with Lou.
    10/01/2022 09:29 am
    Stephanie and Keith Harris writes,
    It has been a joy to be friends with Thelma and Lou.Her love of family and friends warms our hearts. We will miss her dearly. We had the pleasure of going to Shady Maple Buffet with Thelma it's amazing how large of a plate she was able to eat!!
    10/01/2022 01:47 pm
    Pamela & Robert Amer lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Thelma, We were so happy that you were able to return to Lake Winnipesaukee this summer and join us and the rest of the clan for an Amer family reunion. You were such a good sport after having recently lost your beloved Lou. I hope it provided you with some comfort. Over the years, you and Lou were always so gracious and fun when we would see you in Delaware at our visits with Jill and Paul and their children. We always heard how happy you were that Jill and Paul had found each other. We were too, as you and Lou raised the most kind and exceptional daughter that we are blessed to have as our sister in law. Rest peacefully Thelma
    10/02/2022 10:00 am
    Joyce Becker lit a candle and writes,
    My Sincere sympathy to Thelma’s family. She was a Dear Friend and co-worker for several years and will be truly missed. Rest in Peace Dear Friend with Your Prince Lou.
    10/03/2022 03:40 pm
    June Reed lit a candle and writes,
    Jill, your Mom and I worked side by side and shared an office for many years at DuPont. She was friends with everyone she met professionally and socially. Lou was the love of her life and she was so proud of you and all that you accomplished in your life. Heaven has gotten another Angel in the garden and she will be greatly missed. I am one of hundreds of people that are a better person for having her touch my life. I do not think of her life story as now reading “The End” but rather as “To Be Continued” because I know she and I will meet again on the other side. She loved you beyond words. My thoughts and prayers are with you
    10/04/2022 10:41 pm
    brenda hagelstein writes,
    Thelma was my cousin, my friend, family historian and always the first responder to anyone else's grief. Thelma and Lou were a joy to be around. I'll miss them just being a call or text away. My condolences to Jill, Paul, Sarah, Sam, Libby, Chuck, Lynn and Joan. Thank you all for the loving care you gave to Thelma and Lou. Iam praying for your comfort on this journey of grief.
    10/09/2022 04:18 pm

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