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Alice and Robert Thomas Sr.

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Alice May Thomas 1936 - 2008 Robert Thomas Sr. 1927 - 2008 MOUNT DORA, FL Alice May Thomas, 72, of Mount Dora, Fla., died Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the morning at Avante Nursing Center where she has resided since Oct. 2008. Mrs. Thomas was born in Pittsfield, Mass., on June 13, 1936, daughter of Beulah and Raymond C. Arthur. She attended the local schools and was a 1956 graduate of New Lebanon Central High School. After high school, Mrs. Thomas worked as a short order cook in many local restaurants in New Lebanon, N.Y., where she resided before moving to Fla., in 1979. She also worked as a cook at the Waffle House and Holiday Inn in Sanford, Fla. Alice enjoyed cooking, knitting and baking. She leaves her husband of 52 years, Robert M. Thomas Sr., whom she married Dec. 1, 1956. She leaves her son, Chester R. Arthur of Deland, Fla.; her daughter, Robin R. Therrien, Clarksburg, Mass.; her son, Robert M. Thomas Jr. of Tavares, Fla.; her sister, Jean Tabor of Pittsfield, Mass.; a grandson, Jamison Thomas; a granddaughter, Skylar Thomas and many nieces and nephews. A granddaughter, Erika L. Jellison, passed away Aug. 12, 2008. FUNERAL NOTICE: Memorial service to be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the American Diabetic Association in care of the funeral home HAMLIN & HILBISH FUNERALS & CREMATIONS, 326 East Orange Avenue, Eustis, FL. 32726 MOUNT DORA, FL Robert Merritt Thomas, Sr., 81, of Mount Dora, Fla., died Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the evening at Avante Nursing Center. Mr. Thomas was born in Pittsfield, Mass., on June 5, 1927, son of Rose and Frank J. Thomas. He enlisted in the Army during World War II. Mr. Thomas worked as a heavy equipment operator in the states of AZ, PA, NY and FL. He owned and operated Stephentown Construction Company in Stephentown, N.Y., for many years before moving to Fla., in 1979. Robert enjoyed wood working. He was predeceased by his wife Alice M. Thomas earlier on Dec. 16, 2008; whom he married Dec. 1, 1956. He leaves his daughters, Roberta A. Johnson of Stuyvesant, N.Y.; Mary R. Thomas of Orlando, Fla.; Dianne Hanna of Stuyvesant, N.Y.; Judy Thomas of Fresno, Calif.; Robin R. Therrien of Clarksburg, Mass.; his sons, Fredrick Hoffman of Orlando, Fla.; Robert M. Thomas Jr. of Tavares, Fla.; a brother, Ralph Thomas of Stephentown, N.Y.; two sisters, Marion Adams and Jeanette Lebanow of Stephentown, N.Y.; a half sister, Hilda Wilbrant of North Hoosick, N.Y.; his 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. A daughter, Sheryl Thomas and a son, Robert Thomas, passed away April, 1952, and a granddaughter, Erika L. Jellison, passed away Aug. 12, 2008. FUNERAL NOTICE: Memorial service to be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the American Diabetic Association in care of the HAMLIN & HILBISH FUNERALS & CREMATIONS, 326 East Orange Avenue, Eustis, FL 32726
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 24, 2008
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