Obit: Thomas, Mary (1861 - 1939)
Contact: Audrey Roedl


----Sources: The Loyal Tribune 19 January 1939

Thomas, Mary (5 OCT 1861 - 12 JAN 1939)

Early Thursday morning, Jan. 12, 1939, after a brief illness, Mrs. D. A. Thomas was "gathered Home".

Mary Sauvain, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Justin Sauvain, was born at St. Charles, Minn., Oct. 5, 1861.

When a young woman, she went to visit relatives in Kansas and there met and was married to Don A. Thomas, Feb. 24. 1880. Three daughters were born to them in Kansas. In 1890 the family moved to a farm south of Spokeville, and there a son was born. In 1901 they moved to their present home in the village. In this home they celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in 1930.

Mrs. Thomas was a woman of many splendid qualities. Her neighbor was any one whom she could reach with neighborly deeds in time of need or sorrow. Her ability as a hostess and her joy when entertaining in her home have been realized by many. She was interested in all good works, and the fact that in her church and lodge affiliations she was many times elected to the high offices proved the confidence her co-workers had in her ability as a leader.

She was an active member of the local Methodist Church, a worker in the Ladies’ Aid, a member of the Woman’s Home Missionary Society and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. She was a charter member of both Hope Camp No. 819, R.N.A. and Iris Chapter No. 264, O. E. S. After the Woman’s Relief Corps disbanded here, Mrs. Thomas transferred her membership to the Corps in Spencer. And yet with all her keen interest in community affairs and her delight in mingling with friends she loved her home and family, and her outside interests never detracted from her ability as a home maker.

Her name will now be dropped from the membership rolls here to be entered on the lists of those who have been gathered Home.

Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church at 2 P. M. with the Rev. R. J. Fleming officiating. The songs were rendered by Mrs. Ray Prior and Mrs. G. Nelson with Mrs. R. Pengelly as pianist.

Interment was in the family lot in the Loyal cemetery.

The following members of the local Masonic Lodge acted as pall bearers: Ray Prior, O. D. Trindal, Roy Pengelly, Roy Hales, and C. Rous. The ladies in charge of the flowers were Mrs. Arthur Darton, Mrs. R. K. Stevens, Mrs. Herbert White, Mrs., Edgar Vick, Mrs. O. W. Trindal, Mrs. Frank Schultz, Mrs. R. Giese, and Mrs. W. I. Mack.

Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. George Fisher (Stella), one son J. Roy Thomas; three grandchildren, Mrs. H. L. L Laessig, Marshfield, Hazel and Thomas Fisher, two brothers Irv Sauvain and Ernest Sauvain, and one sister, Mrs. John Strouse all three of Kansas. Two daughters May and Clara preceded her in death.



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