Ada K. Thomas

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Ada K. Thomas, 89, of Clarks Summit, died Sunday morning at home. She was the wife of the Rev. Thomas A. Thomas, who died in 1999.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Philip and Sophie Olessker Kayte. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, Scranton, and earned a bachelor's degree in English from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.

Ada was very active in her church and for many years she ran its food bank. She was proud to have been a foster mother to more than 60 children.

Surviving are three sons, Thomas M. and wife, Patricia, Topsham, Maine; Alan P. and wife, Darlene, Horsham; and Daniel C. and wife, Janell, Exton; three daughters, Janice T. Poteracki and husband, James, Clarks Green; Jeanne T. Bunting and husband, Clyde, Gainesville, Fla.; and Tanya C. Beagle and husband, Rodney, Clarks Summit; a sister, Lillian Kayte, Gainesville; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, Albert, and two sisters, Bella and Beatrice.

A graveside service will be held Thursday at noon at Washburn Street Cemetery, Scranton, by the Rev. Joseph Santos, pastor, Bethel Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 1132 S. Main Ave., Scranton, PA 18504.

Arrangements, Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit. To leave an online condolence, visit www.lawrenceey oungfuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 1, 2013
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