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Dorothy Jean Thomas, 94, of Terre Haute, passed away on Oct. 20, 2017, marking the end of a life well lived with many blessings. Dorothy Jean was born to Bill and Lois (Lyon) Holmes, on March 24, 1923. She married Seibert Dressler Thomas on July 23, 1949, and they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this past summer.
They welcomed two daughters, Ann (Brad) Auker and Stacey (John) Burkey. Dorothy Jean was proud to be Mimi to her grandchildren, Rimsey Ranken, Abbey (Derek) Wheeler, Allison (Drew) Hintz, Rebecca (David) Zaborowski, Gwen Burkey, Jordan Auker and Alexandra Auker. She also was blessed with 12 great-grandchildren.
Dorothy Jean grew up 1n Brazil, were she graduated from Brazil High School in 1941. She continued her education and graduated from Indiana State University with a teaching degree in business. She taught for seven years. Dorothy Jean was well known for her talents in the kitchen and in hosting the perfect party. Cooking was one of her favorite hobbies, but she also enjoyed flowers and gardening. She was a master at spotting four leaf clovers. Dorothy Jean was a member of Delta Gamma, Centenary Methodist Church, The Guild, PEO, Honey Creek Garden Club, Women's Department Club, and a volunteer at Florence Crittendon Home. Most importantly, she was a gracious friend to all those that knew her and made friends with all those she met.
Dorothy Jean was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and two brothers.
She is survived by her husband; children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces, and nephews.
Services will be Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at 12 noon at DeBaun Springhill Chapel. Visitation will be from 10 am until service time. David Brown will be officiating and burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be left at:
www.debaunfuneralhomes.com
Published on October 21, 2017
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