Luella May Thomas

Dates

April 30, 1928 - March 30, 2019

Obituary

Luella May Thomas, 90, of Forestburg, died Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Mitchell Wesleyan Church under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm on Friday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be in the Bonney Cemetery in Floyd Township, Sanborn County.

Luella May Connor was born April 30, 1928 in Albion, Michigan to Earl E. and Ruth Rhodes Connor. She attended elementary school there and graduated from Albion High School in 1945. After two years in nearby Spring Arbor College (now University), she graduated in 1951 from Greenville College (now University) with a degree in elementary education. Shortly after graduation, she returned to Michigan to marry Warren Thomas whom she had met during her senior year.

The couple moved to Mitchell, South Dakota where she was employed in the office of the public school on East Fifth Street. Her husband began his second teaching year at Longfellow Elementary when he was drafted into the army during the Korean War During his year in the artillery in Korea, she lived with sister-in-law Ramona Thomas in Seattle, Washington, teaching in E. C. Hughes Elementary in West Seattle. Upon Warren's return in 1953, they both taught in West Seattle before returning to his parents' farm in Sanborn County in 1954. They lived in Floyd Township for 65 years prior to her death.

In 1955 Kevin Reed was born, followed by Lyndon Brent in 1959. After their sons were of school age, Lolly returned to teaching, first in Forestburg Elementary and then for 23 years she was a lower elementary teacher in Artesian. She retired in 1993. Home, community and Mitchell Wesleyan Church activities occupied her volunteering time in later years. She and Warren enjoyed a European Church His-tory tour provided by their sons in honor of their parents' 50th wedding anniversary in 2001. Several cruises took them to the Panama Canal and the western Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Canadian Maritime provinces.

Lolly was church organist for some 20 years and gave piano lessons for neighborhood children. She loved gardening, scrapbooking, and family genealogy.

Family remaining include husband Warren; both sons, Kevin (Selena) and family; Lyndon (Kathy) and family; four sisters and husbands: Dorothy (Robert) Smith, Decatur, Illinois; Eleanor (Bill) Moore, Springfield, Missouri; Marti (John) Oakley, Concord, Michigan; and Katy (Stan) Chwatun, Jackson, Michigan; cousin Robert Connor and family of Indiana; and cousin Gladys Connor of Indiana; as well as a host of grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. 

Church was an important entity to her but could not rival her commitment to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

 


Visitation(s)

Date
Friday, April 12, 2019
Time
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Service

Date
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time
2:00 PM
Location
Mitchell Wesleyan Church
601 N Sanborn Blvd
Mitchell, SD 57301

Cemetery

Bonney Cemetery
Floyd Township, Sanborn Co, South Dakota


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Posted by ROBERT AND DOROTHY PARKER on April 12, 2019
WE WAS SO SORRY TO ABOUT LOLLY. I WILL MOSS HER A LOT. LOVE WORKING WITH THE FOR HER AND WARREN. YOU ARE VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE.
Posted by Wayne/Judy Mueller on April 11, 2019
Warren and family-we remember Lolly as a wonderfully talented, gifted lady who loved her Lord and loved people from all walks of life. Her love for learning and helping others learn too was extraordinary. I, Wayne, remember her many Wednesday evenings preparing her music parts for our weekend worship services. She was trained, committed, and selfless. A beautiful person in every way.
Posted by Margie Larson on April 6, 2019
Warren, Kevin, and Lynden. So sorry to hear of your loss. She was a wonderful and kind neighbor. She taught me piano lessons for years. Prayers to you all. Margie and Chuck.
Posted by Leland and Betty Olson on April 5, 2019
Our deepest sympathies toWarren and family. We are confident that Lolly is home with Jesus.
Posted by Lorraine Dillon LOng on April 4, 2019
Lolly---a most special lady who loved the Lord...and Warren...all these years.
I am glad for Lolly being with Jesus, and will pray for Warren as he trods a difficult path without her. Nothing can prepare us for that valley, but our God guides us through it!
Posted by Jason Zehr on April 3, 2019
I was privileged to have Lolly as church organist for all the years I served at Mitchell Wesleyan Church. Also privileged to spend time with Warren and Lolly at their home, with their grandsons, and most of their family at the 50th Anniversary. My prayers are with the Thomas family at this time although we know beyond any doubt that Lolly is now with Jesus Christ, her Savior and Lord!
Posted by Sheryl Ischen on April 1, 2019
She taught all four of our children and she was a wonderful teacher.
Posted by Disnna sensks on April 1, 2019
Warren,kevin and thomas i sm so sorry gor your loss.,i was one of her former students­čśóGods blessing
Posted by Bob and Jessica Gimbel on April 1, 2019
Warren and Kevin and Thomas family.You are in our prayers and our sympathies go out to all of the family during this hard time. God be with you all
Posted by Bob and Jessica Gimbel on April 1, 2019
Warren and Kevin and Thomas family.You are in our prayers and our sympathies go out to all of the family during this hard time. God be with you all
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