1917-2012

A funeral service for Betty Thomas will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, at First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids. Betty Thomas, 95, died Saturday, July 7, at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids.

The Rev. Lynn Gunderson will be officiating.

The congregational hymn will be “Softly and Tenderly” with vocalists Cindy Seastrom and Peg Wiemers and Lula Garnes will be the organist.

Casket Bearers will be Mark Thomas, Charles Thomas, Alan Bogler, Charlie Nixon and Mike Klocke.

Interment will be at the Coon Rapids Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at Ohde Funeral Home in Coon Rapids. Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Thomas, age 95, the daughter of John Raymond Tumbleson and Nellie Cord Tumbleson, was born April 14, 1917, at her grandparents[ home in Danbury, Iowa.  As Betty’s father was a Methodist minister, the family moved frequently.  The family lived in Sac City, LeMars, and Clear Lake while she was growing up.  Betty graduated from LeMars High School in 1935.  Following graduation, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics from Iowa State University.

Following graduation from Iowa State University, she moved to Coon Rapids in 1940 to teach home economics.  While teaching in Coon Rapids, she met Wesley Thomas.  They were married by Betty’s father on Oct. 27, 1945, in Sherman Oaks, Calif.  Two sons were born to this union.  Following Wes’s service in the Navy, they returned to Coon Rapids in 1946.

Betty was active in the Methodist Church, serving on many committees, women’s groups and singing in the choir.  Her sons remember her as being a wonderful mother, a super cook and an avid reader.  She was a member of PEO, the Eastern Star and First United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids.

She was able to remain active and in her own home up until about a month before her death.

She is survived by her two sons, John Thomas (and his companion Leneice Wu) of Falls Church, Va., and Mark Thomas (and his wife Jacci) of Coon Rapids; grandchildren Mark Thomas (and his wife Claire) of Annandale, Va., (and their daughter, Phoebe), Charles Thomas of Falls Church, Va., and Helen “Nelli” Thomas, of Marquette, Mich.; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Tumbleson of Camarillo, Calif., and May Opperman of Beloit, Wis.; several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wes; a sister, Margaret Pennell; two brothers, Raymond and Mark Tumbleson; and a daughter-in-law, Norene Thomas.