Marybelle Thomas (Beecher), age 87, a lifetime resident of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Bartlesville.
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Marybelle Beecher was born on May 5, 1926 to Charles E. Beecher and Olga A. (Elifritz) Beecher. She received her schooling in Bartlesville and is a graduate of Bartlesville's College High. She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and received her B.A. degree.
Marybelle and Robert Vincent Thomas were united in marriage on September 4, 1948 in Bartlesville and moved to Idaho Springs, Colorado. Robert preceded her in death on September 12, 1952, upon his death, Marybelle returned to Bartlesville with her young sons.
She had been a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Bartlesville for 75+ years. Other memberships and services include Bartlesville Public Library Board, Hillcrest Country Club, Bartlesville Service League, CASA, Guardian AD Litum, and Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority for 60+ years. Marybelle followed her mother becoming a member of the same P.E.O. Chapter CH-OK in 1953 and served as Chapter President (1999-2001). She was also a member of the Oklahoma Retired Teachers Association. Along with being active in these organizations, she taught for 31 years at the following elementary schools: Jane Phillips, Southview and McKinley. She served as Principal at Southview during her tenure. Many of her fellow teachers, former students and their parents remember her fondly.
Marybelle was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her brother, Charles Edward "Ched." Beecher, Jr. and his wife, Wendy, of Katy, Texas; their three daughters, Anne and husband, Leo Carey of Euless, Texas; Bonnie and husband, Paul Morris of Katy, Texas and Kathy and husband, Mark McLaughlin of Grapevine, Texas and their families. Her two sons: John Thomas and his wife, Helen, of Cleora, Oklahoma; Rick Thomas and his wife, Marty, of The Woodlands, Texas. Three grandchildren, Mark Thomas, of Cleora, Sara Roddy and her husband, Jerry, of The Woodlands, and Andrew Thomas, of The Woodlands; two great-grandchildren, Alora and Patrick Roddy, of The Woodlands.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in memory of Marybelle Thomas to be made to the
There will be a gathering of friends and family on Monday, June 3, from 6 to 8 PM at Sterling's Grille, 2905 S.E. Frank Phillips Blvd., Bartlesville. Everyone is welcome.
Memorial service for Marybelle Thomas will be held on Tuesday, June 4, at 11:00 AM in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Bartlesville. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home, 710 S. Dewey Ave., Bartlesville.
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710 Southeast Dewey
Bartlesville, OK 74003
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from June 2 to July 2, 2013