Evelyn P. "Cookie" Thomas, age 91, of Marion, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2013 at the Marion General Hospital. Evelyn was full of life and often said that she would "live to be a 100 or die trying."
Evelyn was born on January 10, 1922 in Marion, the daughter of Raymond J. and Esther M. (Edwards) Mayfield. She was a graduate of Harding High School. After school, she was employed as a secretary for both GTE/Verizon and the Marion City Schools. On April 25, 1943, Evelyn was united in marriage to Harold W. Thomas, they shared 35 years of marriage together until he preceded her in death.
Evelyn's famous motto was, "If you can't have fun, why bother"; and have fun she did. Evelyn lived life to the fullest. She was constantly on-the-go with a range of activities. She enjoyed camping, tending to her flower gardens, writing poetry, traveling with her good friend JoAnn, playing the piano and listening to Christian and old time Gospel music. She perfected her mother's recipe for potato soup which has now been passed down to the next generations. As good as the main course was, dessert, more specifically ice cream, was the thing she most looked forward to. It didn't matter if it was a Klondike Bar, a Frosty from Wendy's or a good ole fashioned hot fudge sundae. If it was ice cream, Evelyn was happy.
Evelyn cheered wildly for her beloved Buckeyes. Whether it be football or basketball she was an avid fan. In fact, before she passed away, she was able to enjoy one last tailgate party with her family and watch the Buckeye's win big.
She was lively, vivacious and simply drew people in. She met everyone with a sense of humor and humility that would make anyone an instant friend, even more than that she loved them like family. She has many "adopted family" that she leaves to honor and cherish her memory.
She gave to all in many ways. She was a member of the Berean Baptist Church. Evelyn served as director of the children's choir, worked with the youth group, served in guilds, and enjoyed playing the piano with her former church memberships. She was very active in the PTA and served as president. She and Harold enjoyed many "after meetings" with the Y.D.S. group which provided many laughs and fond memories.
Above all, she adored her family and loved Jesus. She was a warm and loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt. For her, family was to be treasured and her rich legacy will continue to live on through them.
She is survived by her children: Gary A. Thomas, Keith W. (Jean L.) Thomas and Susie Marie Thomas Miller; her grandchildren Christine Rice, Brent (Erica) Thomas, Laura (Mark) Langhans, Katie (Rick) Davis, Audrey (Chad) Overmyer, Katherine Thomas, Megan (Kevin) Benjamino and Laura (Matt) Brown; 7 great grandchildren, with one on the way; a brother Raymond (the late Eleanor) Mayfield; and special friends Pete and Carol Robison, Karen and Jeff McGuire, Sandi Thomas, Louise Pillifant and Al Feaver.
Evelyn is preceded in death by her parents, husband Harold, 1 great grandchild, 3 brothers and 1 sister.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 East Center St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM; Funeral services celebrating her life will be held on Thursday at the Berean Baptist Church, 131 Marion-Cardington Road East at 1PM; friends may gather at the church to greet family from 12Noon until time of service. Rev. Chris Peria and Rev. Charles Reed will be officiating and burial will be in the Marion Cemetery.
If so desired, donations may be made to the Berean Baptist Church, National Fibromyalgia Association, 2121 South Towne Centre Place, Suite 300, Anaheim, CA 92806 or the charity of the donor's choice.
The Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to be serving Evelyn's family and your private condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com