Betty L. Thomas

Born: Tue., Mar. 11, 1930
Died: Thu., Apr. 27, 2017


Visitation

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., May 01, 2017
Location: Vermont Street United Methodist Church


Funeral Service

10:30 AM Tue., May 02, 2017
Location: Vermont Street United Methodist Church


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Betty Thomas always had room in her heart to love one more. As the matriarch of a big, boisterous and ever-expanding family her heart and her home were always open. Even during her last hours, her life was overflowing with faith, family and friends.

She died Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Quincy, amid a chorus of her favorite hymns, surrounded by the family she loved. She was 87.  

Betty (Taylor) Thomas was born in Quincy on March 11, 1930. After meeting Dick Thomas in the Quincy High School band, he gave her an engagement ring  as a graduation present. They began their 61-year marriage on August 14, 1949. Betty was a mother to six, a grandmother to 19, a great-grandmother to 23, and a second mother, adopted grandmother, friend and confidante to hundreds. She reveled in being the hub around which the Thomas family turned.

After a brief career as a telephone operator, Betty turned her attention to her children and her church. She was an active member of Vermont Street United Methodist Church, serving as president of the United Methodist Women twice, and sitting on nearly every committee the church had. She was a charter member of the Double Ring Sunday School Class and volunteered for everything from vacation bible school to the mother/daughter banquet.

Betty also served as a lifetime member of the PTA, helped lead PEO and worked with the American Field Service foreign exchange program. As part of AFS, Betty and Dick made room for a Thai exchange student named Yai in the 1966-67 school year.  

Betty enjoyed spending time with family and friends by the water first at their home at the Lake of the Ozarks, and later in life on the beaches of Florida as a snowbird. She loved taking bike rides with Dick and collecting shells. She was an avid reader, played bridge and spent time cross-stitching and crafting. Even up to her last weeks of life she could be found attending events with her grandkids and entertaining her great-grandchildren at Sunset Home.

Betty is survived by her children, Rick Thomas and his wife, Linda, of Decatur, IL., Karen Kinney and her husband, Tim, of Camdenton, MO, Bruce Thomas of Quincy, Ross Thomas and his wife, Gayla, of Ballwin, MO, Jeff Thomas and his wife, Karen, of Quincy, and Sara Meyer and her husband, Eric, of Quincy; her grandchildren Jason Thomas and his wife, Jennifer, Lindsay Raich and her husband, Nick, Jessica Bach and her husband, Andrew, Nathan Kinney and his wife, Chaela, Jennafer White and her husband, Brady, Ryan Thomas and his wife, Sarah, Tara Gardner and her husband, Kyle, Ian Thomas and his wife, Trisha, Meghan Grimmer and her husband, Brian, Kameron Thomas, Raegan Thomas, Kirsten Thomas, Linda Meckem and her husband, David, Kristen Zahm and her husband, Derek, Steven Thomas, Lauren Balzer and her husband, Alan, Haley Meyer, Emily Meyer and Andrew Meyer; and twenty three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Nancy (Taylor) Kattelman of Ft. Worth, TX; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband Dick Thomas, her parents, Virgil and Alice Taylor, her sisters Dorothy (Taylor) Still and Pat (Taylor) Garnett, and dear friends Dave and Betty Montgomery.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30 in Vermont Street United Methodist Church, 818 Vermont Street, Quincy, with Chaplain Clif Weisinger and Rev. Patty Johansen officiating.  Burial will be in Quincy Memorial Park.

Visitation will be Monday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday morning from 10:00  until the time of services at Vermont Street United Methodist Church.

The Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Sunset Home or Vermont Street United Methodist Church.

The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Sunset Home for their excellent care and kindness for Betty during her stay.

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Dick & Pat Wentura
   Posted Fri April 28, 2017
Dear Thomas Family,
What a wonderful woman Betty was. Cherish all the great memories you will always have of your time on earth together.
Thinking of you,
As ever,
Pat & Dick Wentura

Katie Hattemar Walker
   Posted Fri April 28, 2017
Family and Friends of Betty. I am so sorry for your loss. I will continue to pray for your family. God bless you all.

Scott Kniel
   Posted Sat April 29, 2017
We have such fond memories of Betty and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sincerely,

Bill, Scott, Beth and Eric Kniel
Lynn and Mike Shuba
Lisa and John Spear

Bill and Anne Jones
   Posted Sat April 29, 2017
We first met your mom and dad when Bill became associate pastor at Vermont St. Church in 1955. We became close friends then---partying together, vacationing together and enjoying one another's family. Dick taught Anne to water ski at the cabin in the Ozarks.
At one point we told them if something happened to us we wanted them to raise our children! (As if they didn't have enough of their own!)
We shared a mutual friendship with Dave and Betty Montgomery and when your dad was on the board of Sunset Home he said he was going to build facilities there so that we could all retire there together. Jesus said, "In my Fathers' house are many rooms." Two of those rooms are now occupied. One day we WILL all be together again.
We are thankful for all the times we have shared with two of the finest people we have known. Please know that our thoughts and love are with all of you.
Bill and Anne Jones

Dwight Seeley
   Posted Sun April 30, 2017
To Bruce and your brothers and sisters,
So sorry to learn of your mother's passing. Your mom and dad were friends of my parents and were a great couple. My sympathy to all of you!

Peggy Litt
   Posted Tue May 02, 2017
My sincerest sympathies to Jeff, Karen and all of your family on your loss.

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