Age 83 and a lifelong resident of the Thomas Community, she died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, January 31, 2012 at Riverside Medical Center. She was a member of the Thomas First Baptist Church and served as Secretary/Treasurer for many years. She and her late husband, R.O., were owners and operators of the Thomas Grocery in Thomas for forty-six years. Mrs. Nelline also retired after forty-six years as the librarian of the Thomas Branch Library. She was instrumental in donating land and securing funding for the new Thomas Branch Library that was dedicated in her honor during the grand opening ceremony. "Mrs. Nelline" as she was fondly remembered, also donated the foundation for the Thomas Community Health Center. She was the long time treasurer of the Thomas Cemetery. Through the years, she and her husband dedicated much time and effort to maintaining the grounds of the cemetery and she and her family have also donated additional land for its expansion. A cornerstone of the Thomas Community for eighty-three years, she was loved by many and known all her life as a hard worker. She was a generous contributor to the community and especially to people in need. Survived by daughter, Dianna Thomas of Thomas; 2 sons and a daughter-in-law: Dr. Kerry Thomas of Amite, former Senator Dr. Jerry and Lou Ann Thomas of Thomas; 6 grandchildren and spouses: Nancy Nelline Thomas, M.D. and John Boyle, M.D. of Madisonville, Kerry Owen Thomas, Jr. of Hammond, Jason Thomas, M.D. of Washington, D.C., Pete and Angela Thomas of Stateline, Lander and Melissa Thomas of Thomas, Joanna Thomas of Baton Rouge; 5 great-grandchildren: Jon-Ashton and Lily Thomas, Benjamin, Brooklyn and Elise Boyle; 3 sisters-in-law: Margie T. Passman of Franklinton, Louise Frazier of Birmingham, AL, Melba Rose Thomas of Franklinton. She was preceded in death by her husband, R.O. Thomas; son Ritchie Thomas; two infant children; parents, James Lacy Thomas and Viola Wood Thomas; brother, James Lander Thomas; and sister, Phaylor Wood. Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home on Sunday, February 3, 2013 from 12 noon until 4 p.m. and after 9 a.m. Monday. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Denny Brumfield and Rev. Harold Gaddy. Burial will follow Thomas Cemetery. Since she and her husband were active in the care and maintenance of the Thomas Cemetery, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Thomas Cemetery Fund, C/O Van Thomas, 51415 Hwy 438, Franklinton, Louisiana 70438. Obituaries can be viewed online at www.crainfh.com.
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Published in The Advocate from Feb. 1 to Feb. 4, 2013