WEST PEORIA - Martha Elizabeth Thomas, age 81, of West Peoria passed away on Sunday, June 29, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Martha was born on Nov. 8, 1932, in East St. Louis to Henry Noble and Mildred (McKee) Potts. She married Howard K. Thomas on Aug. 30, 1952. She lovingly cared for him until his death in 2000.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Noble and Bill Potts.
Martha is survived by her children, Howard (Kathy) Thomas Jr. of Morton, Ill., Becky (Tim) Erickson of Morton, Ill., Tami (Pat) Banister of Peoria, Ill., and Tina (Dan) White of Peoria, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Sean, Andrew and Courtney Thomas, Chris (Courtney) and Caleb Erickson, Jason and Sarah Banister and Aaron and Jordan White; two great-grandchildren, Kendall and Quinn Erickson; and her sister, Bonnie Brown of Peoria.
Martha was a loving wife and mother. She graduated from Woodruff High School and, after her children were grown, she worked as a housekeeper for St. Joseph's Home for over 20 years.
Martha enjoyed bowling, gardening and doing crossword puzzles. Martha was a petite but "mighty" person. She always said the bigger they are, the harder they fall. She was not only a great talker, but a better listener, and she always made everyone feel welcome.
Services will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel on University in Peoria. Visitation will be held today, July 2, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Entombment will be at Parkview Mausoleum in Peoria.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or Wounded Warriors.
Online condolences may be made through www.davison-fulton.com.