A memorial service for Marion Yvonne Thomas, 92, of Sulphur Springs, formerly of Winters, Tex., will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 11, at West Oaks Funeral Home with Chaplain Jimmy Henry officiating. Her great grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2013 at the funeral home. Her cremains will be taken back to the family farm in Iowa.
Mrs. Thomas died Monday, May 6, 2013, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.
She was born Sept. 5, 1920, in Batavia, Iowa, the daughter of John George and Anna B. Neff Hughell.
She completed nursing school in Moline, Ill., in 1940 and was a civilian nurse for the United States Army Air Corp in California at the start of World War II, and also worked with Flight Surgeon Lt. Thomas R. White, MD, who flew as one of Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s Raiders on the Tokyo Raid.
Yvonne married Richard Clyde “Dick” Thomas on Oct. 31, 1945, and together they owned and published The Winters Enterprise in Winters, and they worked at newspapers in Gatesville, Shoshone, Id., along with newspapers in Kansas and Iowa.
She also worked as a registered nurse until her retirement from North Runnels Hospital in Winters in 1998.
She was a certified Emergency Medical Technician and was a licensed pilot.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Winters.
Survivors include her daughter Kelley and husband, Kerry Craig, of Sulphur Springs; grandchildren Angela and T.J. Nash and Bryan and Corrin Craig of Sulphur Springs, Brandon and Tiffany Craig of Fort Worth and Teri and Spencer Wilson of Hobbs, NM; great-grandchildren Orin and Kadence Nash, Payge Fraze, and Loryn Craig of Sulphur Springs, Loghan and Jaxson Craig of Fort Worth, Kendra Wilson of Dallas and Brittany and Koedy Wilson of Hobbs, NM.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband;, one sister; and two brothers. Donations may be made to Hopkins County Veterans Memorial, PO Box 533 Sulphur Springs, TX. 75483.
Service under direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.
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