Marilyn Thomas, 82Marilyn Joy Thomas, age 82, of New Richmond, entered the presence of her Lord and Savior surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 29, at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond from complications of a stroke.
Marilyn Joy Thomas, age 82, of New Richmond, entered the presence of her Lord and Savior surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 29, at Westfields Hospital in New Richmond from complications of a stroke.
Marilyn was born on July 29, 1929, the daughter of Dewey and Doris (Bernd) Uber in New Richmond. She grew up in New Richmond, graduating valedictorian of the class of 1946. Marilyn attended the University of Wisconsin - Stout for 1 year, then attended and graduated from the Minneapolis School of Business. On June 3, 1949, she married Loren Thomas and together they started a dairy operation near Star Prairie. In 1953, they started Thomas Truck Line, which is still in the Thomas family today. Marilyn was a major part of the business running the office and driving truck when needed.
She and Loren raised their four boys to know and love the Lord. She was an active member of First Baptist Church, teaching Sunday school, playing the organ, serving as a deaconess, and leading a weekly Bible study. She spent 50 years with her Homemakers club and never seemed to miss an event that her children and grandchildren were in. Marilyn enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, canning, baking, and lunch with friends. She was a gentle and kind woman who daily lived her strong faith and was described by many as "classy."
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey and Doris Uber; husband, Loren Thomas; and grandson Derek Thomas.
Marilyn is survived by her children, Keith (Patty) Thomas, Wayne (Candy) Thomas, Gene (Jan) Thomas, and Neal (Kris) Thomas; grandchildren Cheri (Cain) Kellerman, Craig (Gail) Thomas, Rosa Thomas, Jazmin Thomas, Nicole (Ryan) Blaszczyk, Linsey Thomas, Shelley (Dave) Potter, Janelle (Lee) Smith, Liz Thomas, and Rachel Thomas; great-grandchildren, Malachi, Ari, Elijah, Ella, Iva, Noah, Joslyn, Dia, Jackson, Abby, Brooke, Claire, Grady, Alivia, Nolan, and Aleya; sister-in-law, Loretta (Chris) Bethke; and many other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 2, at First Baptist Church in New Richmond. Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at First Baptist Church and on Monday from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in New Richmond Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services Beebe Chapel of New Richmond.
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