Mary Ethel Thomas, age 95, of Coffeyville passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Windsor Place.
She was born April 19, 1923 in Tulsa, OK to Daniel Lewis and Barbara Ruth (Sheddrick) VanWinkle. She grew up in Wayside, KS where she graduated high school. She then attended and graduated from Tulsa Business School.
On September 8, 1946 she married Ralph Raymond “Doc” Thomas. The couple made their home in Coffeyville, where they raised their family.
When their children were young Mary worked from home as a seamstress. She could sew anything from silk dresses to upholstering car seats. She was known as “The Cake Lady” for many years because of the fabulous cakes she baked for hundreds of people in the community and surrounding areas. In her younger years, Mary worked for Continental Can and Parkersburg. After their children were older she worked for Jolly Kids, Coffeyville Packing Plant, and Automotive Control Corporation (now Standard Motor Products) where she was employed until her retirement.
She was Den mother for each of her sons’ Boy Scout Troops and scout leader for both her daughters’ Girl Scout Troops. Mary enjoyed sewing, Knitting, crocheting and decorating cakes. She was a member of Tyro Christian Church.
Mary is survived by her children Ricki Hanna her husband Jim, Bill Thomas his wife Vicky, Harry Thomas his wife Karen, Kathy Argent her husband Jim, and Dave Thomas his wife Toni. She is also survived by a sister-in-law Barbara Jordan, 12 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, four brothers, Howard, Dave (Roberta), Harold (Betty), and Bill (Wilma); one brother-in-law Albert Jordan.
A celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337 with Evangelist David Bycroft officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Robbins Cemetery West of Coffeyville. Friends are invited to sign the register on Thursday January 31, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the Tyro Christian Church and they may be sent in care of the Chapel. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com
I enjoyed Mary so much when she worked at ACC. Cakes so good! and I always had some of her craft work hanging around my office. Sending heartfelt sympathy for Mary's family. ♥
Lisa Wyckoff HinkleCherryvale, KS
So sorry for your loss. Praying for you.
Bella JohnstonCoffeyville, KS
Bill, I'm so sorry. Please know that your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Sandi Beiter CookLongmont, CO
Dear Ricki, Harry, Kathy, and family,
We send our love to you, knowing that words are not enough. I will always remember Mary as the kind and caring person she was. May the Holy Spirit give you peace and comfort, knowing you will someday be with her again.
Vickie and Art
Vickie and Arthur CranorCoffeyville, KS
So sorry for your lost I spent a lot of time growing up with you guys and your momma was so nice to mr
Joe webbCarl junction, MO
Bill, Vicki and family. So very sorry for your loss. Praying for your family
Kelly SchroederHotSprings, AR
Our sincerest condolences. Much love to you all.
Patricia and Tim CarlinSherman, TX
Ricci, Bill, Harry, Kathy, David and families. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time. You were fortunate to have her with you all these years.
Gretchen Zimmerman RutherfordCoffeyville, KS
It was a blessing to know and be around Aunt Mary growing up. Thanks for the memories. Our condolences to the family.
John & Velma Van WinkleJefferson City, MO
So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏾
Sharon Alston TunstallTopeka, KS
Sorry to hear...she had a great time while she was with you......enjoy your memories!
Carol sue gowen rogers and doris gowenTulsa, KS
Karen and Harry, so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for comfort at this most difficult time. 🙏
Ki Ki M AtkinsonSeguin, TX
Praying for your family.
Barbara and Mike BryantWeirsdale, FL
Ricki, Jim and family, so sorry to hear about your Mom. Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless
Carolyn (Osborn) DupreCoffeyville, KS
I so wish I could be there to sit with you and remember your mom and all the good times. My prayers are with your families as you lay Aunt Mary to rest. Praise God she is whole again. We grieve for us - not for her.
Connie D DensmoreLas Vegas, NV
Heartfelt sorrow for all during this time. Mary made many a cake for birthdays and weddings thru the years for my children and family members I went to school with Harry and Kathy and Karen does our grooming for our pets Mitzy and Molly. She was a very talented lady in her own right. May God give you all comfort in Marys passing. Sending love and prayers to all
Marie Elaine (Robinett) AbdouCoffeyville, KS
So sorry to learn about the loss of your mother. I’m praying for you all during this rough time
Russ Ann ShannonMountainView, AR
So very sorry for your loss I went to school with Kathy and Harry and Karen does our grooming for our little dogs plus she made many cakes for me for my family she always did a great job again heartfelt sympathy for all of the family love and prayers
Marie Elaine robinett abdouCoffeyville, KS
I am so sorry to hear
Brenda Boswell BurroughsDearing, KS