DeKALB – Shirley Mae (Louy) Thomas, 84, of DeKalb, Ill., died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Oakcrest DeKalb Area Retirement Center in DeKalb.|
Born July 8, 1928, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Lambert and Evelyn (Lynch), Shirley married Frank Thomas on Sept. 9, 1950, in Maywood. They later made their home in Elmhurst for 28 years before moving to DeKalb in 1994.
Shirley stayed home to raise children until 1963 and then returned to work as a secretary. She later earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and worked as a controller for several small businesses. She managed her own accounting services business for several years and she was still working part-time as an accountant for DeKalb County CASA at the time of her death. She enjoyed knitting, reading, crossword puzzles and volunteer work. She routinely knit baby sweaters for a church committee involved with DeKalb County welfare programs.
She is survived by her loving husband, Frank; son, Larry (Bev) Thomas of Crystal Lake; daughters, Eileen (Tom) Dettman of Cortland and Barbara (Jim) Fox of DeKalb; one sister, Sandra (Harold) Burroughs of Atlanta; grandchildren, Glen (Beth) Dettman, Richard (Kim) Dettman, Thomas Dettman Jr., Brandon (Cheryl) Thomas, Katelyn (Alan) Schwing and Karlene (Mike) Fox; and five great-grandchildren, Hannah, GlenTom, Caleb, Carter and Grayson.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Lambert and Evelyn (Lynch) Louy; and grandson, Brent Thomas.
A memorial service in celebration of Shirley's life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at First Congregational United Church of Christ of DeKalb, 615 N. First St., DeKalb. Private family burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in DeKalb.
The family requests that memorials be made on Shirley's behalf to DeKalb County CASA, 407 W. State St. #6, Sycamore, IL 60178; visit www.casadekalb.org for more information.
Arrangements were entrusted to: Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, IL, 60115. To send an online condolence, visit www.ronanmoorefinch.com; 815-758-3841.
Published in Daily Chronicle on May 3, 2013