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Frances June Thomas
Obituary for
Frances June Thomas
Submitted by: Bob Chada

© The Guthrie News Leader
Sunday, November 30, 2003

Frances Thomas, 72, of Guthrie, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003 at Logan Hospital and Medical Center.
Funeral services are pending under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Guthrie.

© The Guthrie News Leader
Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Frances June Thomas was born to Clarence and Ethel Hamsher on August 5, 1931, in Parsons, Kansas, and died November 29, 2003, at the age of 72.
She taught elementary school for over 20 years and continued to substitute teach even after retiring. She loved teaching children how to read. She was a docent at the Publishing Museum and volunteered her time to delivering mobile meals to shut-ins in Guthrie. She also volunteered her time to Habitat for Humanity, helping build houses in Mexico and in Oklahoma. She participated in several Friendship Force trips, which included traveling to many countries, such as Cuba, Russia, China, Germany and France, and working in several orphanages while in Poland and Romania. She served on the Election Board and helped with many elections in town. She served on the Grand Jury in Oklahoma City for a year and felt this was a responsibility that every citizen should have. She showed her love of reading by belonging to the Friends of the Library, and belonged to a reading club as well. She was devoted to her religion and her church and felt great comfort from them.
Her greatest enjoyment in life was being "Grandma Great." This was a title her great-grandson, Tyler Porter, gave her when he was born and continued when her second great-grandson, Noah Raza, was born. They were the apples of her eye. Spending time with them was one of the most important things in her life.
She is survived by her children: Ann Bucci of Ortanna, Penn., Debra Thomas of Des Moines, Iowa, Carolyn Hall of Guthrie, John Thomas of Des Moines, Iowa, and Nathan Thomas of Reading, Penn.; her grandchildren, Laura Porter and Amy Hall of Guthrie, Gwen Slaughter of New York and Megan Slaughter of Wisconsin; and her great-grandchildren, Tyler Porter and Noah Raza of Guthrie. She is also survived by her sisters Nilma Jean Correll and Ethel Fox, and brothers, Robert, Bill, Carl and Eugene Hamsher. She was preceded in death by her parents, two infant brothers, her sisters Leona Herrin Ferguson, Florence McDill and Irene Caddo, and brother John Hamsher.
Services will be on Wednesday, December 3 at 11 a.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church in Guthrie, with graveside services at Harmony Grove Cemetery in Parsons, Kansas at 4 p.m.

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