An open house to celebrate the 80th birthday of Marva Lou Thiemes of Van Orin will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Hall of the Van Orin Gospel Church in Van Orin. The event will be hosted by her family.
Marva was born Feb. 8, 1934. She has one daughter, Debra (Donald) Flanagan of LaMoille, and one son, Sam “Clifford” (Kathy) Thiemes of Colorado. She also has four grandchildren, Samuel Thiemes, Amanda (A.J.) Mackenzie, Jennifer (Fritz) Schoenbein and Sarah (Greg) Dollar, and three great-grandchildren, Caitlin, Grace and Holt.
Marva Lou owned and operated the Drive-Away School, a professional drivers training school, issued Jan. 1, 1961. She was the first female in the state of Illinois to operate a drivers training school. She also drove a bus for the LaMoille School District for 18 years. She worked for the post office for nearly 35 years, the last of those 10 years she was the postmaster in Van Orin, retiring April 19, 1994. She spent many years crafting and tole painting. She and her husband Sam have raised many beautiful Appaloosa horses throughout their 62 years of marriage.
A lunch and cake will be served. The family request that gifts be omitted. Cards would be appreciated and can be sent to: Marva Lou Thiemes, P.O. Box 64, Van Orin, IL 61374.