Mattie Thomas

Mattie Thomas, 89, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at the River Run Nursing Home, Kingston.

Mattie was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Cusetta, Ga. She was the daughter of Robert Thomas, father, and mother, Grover Lee Thomas. She was one of eight children. She attended the Kingsville Grade School.

In 1966, Mattie moved to Wilkes-Barre from Philadelphia.

Mattie worked and retired from the American Tobacco factory at age 62. She continued working until the age of 77, when she came down with Parkinson's disease.

Mattie attended the Mount Zion Baptist Church on Hill Street in Wilkes-Barre for many years. She sang in the senior choir for several years, and also was the director of children's choir.

In January 2008, Mattie was admitted to the River Run Nursing Home, formerly Kingston Commons, and resided there until her death.

A special thanks to the second-floor nursing staff, aides, Dr. Mera, and the physical therapy and nutrition department for their exemplary care of Mattie. Mattie was well-liked, and very happy at the nursing home.

Mattie leaves behind a daughter, Candis Thomas, Wilkes-Barre; and a few brothers and sisters in Columbus, Ga.

There will not be a funeral. Most of Mattie's friends and relatives have gone home to be with the Lord.

Mattie Thomas will be remembered as the perfect mother, and also as a kind, polite, strong, and funny woman.

Condolences can be sent to Mattie's daughter, Candis Thomas, 165 N. Sherman St., Apartment 111, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Mattie's pain and suffering are gone. May she rest in peace with God, and the heavenly angels.

To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 22, 2014