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Monday, 06 January 2020 15:04

Mary Alice Ellington Thomas

THOMAS Mary Alice Ellington Thomas, age 84, of Lawrenceville, VA went to be with her Lord on January 5, 2020. She is the daughter of the late Raymond and Lilla Ellington of South Hill, and is preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Eugene Thomas. A graduate of Longwood College, Mary Alice married her high school sweetheart Gene before they both embarked on their professional careers in Richmond. Mary Alice served as Secretary for Judge Ralph Catterall of the Virginia State Corporation Commission. When Gene and Mary Alice moved back to Lawrenceville, she taught full time at Brunswick Senior High School until her first son was born. She continued to teach part time as a substitute English teacher. Mary Alice later served for many years as the Secretary-Treasurer of Brunswick Insurance Agency. Mary Alice was active in community life through civic and school organizations, including as Worthy Matron of Brunswick County Chapter #20, Order of the Eastern Star. Mary Alice and Gene were members together of Edgerton United Methodist Church for nearly 60 years. For many years they led the youth fellowship group and taught Sunday School. It was a rare occasion for a church activity to take place without one or both of them participating.Mary Alice loved her Lord and modeled his love to her family, her church, and her community. Her family, however, was #1 in Mary Alice’s life beginning with her husband Gene. Her two favorite titles were not professional ones - they were “Mom” and “Memaw”. Whether in health or sickness, Memaw always gave sacrificially of herself to serve her family, and treasured every visit by child or grandchild. She considered herself blessed to see the birth of so many grandchildren, who seemed to just renew her youth beyond her actual years. Her family has been blessed to know and learn from her. While we will miss her dearly, we have the sure hope of being with her again in Heaven. She is survived by her sons, Michael Thomas and wife Stacey and Ray Thomas and wife Pam; six grandchildren, Ashley, Brooke, Alec, Ariel, Katie and Ellie; seven great grandchildren, Aiden, ChloeLise, Paris, Beck, Delilah, Calvin and Jesse; and her caregivers, Eva Wilson and Bernadette Stith. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Edgerton United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lawrenceville, VA. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made toEdgerton United Methodist Church, 92 County Pond Rd., Lawrenceville, VA 23868 or The Gene and Mary Alice Thomas Scholarship Fund, 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, VA 23821.
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  • Comment Link Livie Jane Smith Liming Thursday, 23 January 2020 14:21 posted by Livie Jane Smith Liming

    I just saw this...I really loved her. She was one of mom's best friends. Love to you all. Livie Jane Smith Liming

  • Comment Link Jon Gibson Thursday, 16 January 2020 15:30 posted by Jon Gibson

    Ray, your mom was such an awesome person. What your mom and dad have done for the whole community is remarkable. You and your entire family are in our prayers.

    Jon Gibson and Family

  • Comment Link Belinda Moseley Wednesday, 08 January 2020 15:47 posted by Belinda Moseley

    So sorry for your loss she was a very sweet lady prayers to the family and friends

  • Comment Link Ed Conner Tuesday, 07 January 2020 15:45 posted by Ed Conner

    Ray, she and your dad were two of the finest people I ever met. You were lucky to have them as your parents
    We will be praying for you and your family. God bless

  • Comment Link Gloria White Tuesday, 07 January 2020 02:12 posted by Gloria White

    To: Ray & Family
    I am sorry to learn of your Mom's transition. You have my sincere sympathy and empathy.

  • Comment Link Eugene Kleis Monday, 06 January 2020 22:04 posted by Eugene Kleis

    This Eugene jr sr marjorie kleis family of freeman Virginia Brunswick county Virginia. Ray pam thomas ariel daniel brooke thomas springer mike thomas family friends neighbors Edgerton United Methodist church members . Mary Alice Thomas was a good great wonderful awesome person cook sewing machine sewer brunswick insurance secetary woman Sunday school everysunday long church member teacher high school teacher good singer piano player at Edgerton United Methodist church everysunday .she will be missed by everybody in Brunswick county Virginia USA cross the world. Me and my mom love her and her family friends. Rest in peace Mary Alice Thomas.

  • Comment Link Diane Brewer Monday, 06 January 2020 22:00 posted by Diane Brewer

    Sincere sympathy to her family and friends.

  • Comment Link bhhudson@comcast.net Monday, 06 January 2020 20:14 posted by bhhudson@comcast.net

    I knew Mary Alice all of my life. She was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known. My sincere sympathy to all of her family. I know you will miss her so very much. May God be with each of you in the months ahead without her. Lots of love from our family to yours.

  • Comment Link Brian and Marty Lofland Monday, 06 January 2020 19:29 posted by Brian and Marty Lofland

    So sorry for your loss

  • Comment Link Cheryl Bowen and family Monday, 06 January 2020 15:11 posted by Cheryl Bowen and family

    So sorry to hear this news, but she's reunited with Gene now. Prayers and hugs sent to your family.

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