Thelma Newby Crews was born April, 1947, in Shiloh, North Carolina, to Earl Newby and Claudia Blakney. She departed this life on Saturday, April 4, 2010, in the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus, Galloway, New Jersey. Thelma had been a resident of this area since her infancy. She was raised by her uncle and aunt, Deacon Charles and Hattie Newby. She attended the Atlantic City public schools and was a graduate of Atlantic City High School, Class fo 1967. A faithful member of Second Baptist Church, she was baptized in 1954, under the pastorate of Reverend John R. Stanford. Thelma was employed for over thirty years at Lenox China until its closing, and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Pottery and Allied Workers. She then worked for the past three years at Galloway Pediatric Day Care as a Day Room Aide. An avid reader, she loved flowers, her pets, spending time with friends, and traveling. But most of all, she loved her daughter dearly. She was active with the Salvation Army and had formerly been affiliated with the Elks Lodge. In addition to her parents and her uncle and aunt, Thelma was predeceased by her brother, Levy Blakney. She leaves to cherish fond memories: her daughter, Sharon Crews of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; her sisters, Carrie Williams and her husband, Albert of Saginaw, Michigan, and Hattie Newby of Pleasantville; her brother, Gerald North of Atlantic City; aunts, Daisy Burham of North Carolina and Martha Whitehurst of Elizabeth City, North Carolina; brothers-in-law, Tesdell Costello Crews and his wife, Bobbie of Charlotte, North Carolina, Reverend Arthur E. Crews of Danville, Virginia and Benjamin Tabourne of Philadelphia; sisters-in-law, Gilda Waldburg and her husband, Jacob of Georgia, Blondie Hairston of Danville, Virginia and Angelina Tidwell of Philadelphia; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends.