Janet Ray Thomas
1939 - 2020
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Janet Ray Thomas

Rochester - Janet Ray Thomas, 81, passed away peacefully on Friday May 15, 2020, after a brief battle with pneumonia. She was known by family and friends as a loving, generous and caring person, a Christian who always tried to help, support and encourage others through her eight decades on earth. She liked reading books and reading the Bible, jigsaw puzzles, watching Family Feud and police dramas, and taking bus day trips through AAA auto services. She founded the civic club "That's What Friends Are For" and was its President for 18 years.

One of 6 children born to Walter and Florence Ray, she was a native of Harriston, Virginia, moving to Rochester, NY in 1957, where she worked at Monroe County Hospital (later Monroe Community Hospital) for 38 years, retiring in 1996. She was formerly a member of New Bethel CME Church as well as Church of Love, and most recently Rhema Life Community Church.

She was preceded in death by her sisters Hattie lerline Bell, Charlotte Catherine Moore, and brothers James Edward (Jimmy), Vernel Persell (Tootle) and Lee Franklin (Budgie) Ray. She is survived by her children Lisa Thomas, Edward Thomas (spouse Maylinda), grandchildren Joseph Shankweiler (spouse Irene), Grant Thomas (spouse Alexandra) and Samuel Thomas (spouse Ashley), Christopher, Nic, Marcus and Tim Stanfield, and a host of great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

If desired, flowers in her memory can be sent to: Metropolitan Funeral Chapels-109 West Ave, Rochester, NY 14611. Her obituary can be read online and her guest book signed at (enter her name in search field).

A private remembrance for family/friends in Rochester will be held in the future. Visitation and service will be private with interment scheduled in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Metropolitan Funeral Chapels of Rochester and Kyger Funeral Home of Harrisonburg, Virginia are in care of funeral arrangements.

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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from May 19 to May 21, 2020.
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May 24, 2020
Janet was a hard working and giving person, we worked together for many years. She showed great respect and compassion for all the patients she cared for. She had many friends and enjoyed participating in church services. As a member of That's What Friends Club, Janet will be greatly missed.
Patricia Sutton
May 23, 2020
To Lisa, Ed and the entire family,

My sympathy goes out to you. I would just like to say that I have known your mother for over 50 years and she had always been the same; very nice and kind and always ready to celebrate her friends. I was very fortunate to have her as one of my friends. She was also a leader. She was president of the Thats what Friends are for club and that club was a blessing to me. I am going to miss Janet and her caring spirit. I will continue to pray for you and the family.

Much love,

Bev Johnson
Bev Johnson
May 23, 2020
Family is not always a blood relative. Mama Janet was my second Mother as a result of my Best Friend Lisa, her daughter whom I've known since undergraduate days. Mama Janet was always genuine, loving, kind and non-judgmental. She will forever have a place in my heart ... There are no words that can really express my thoughts at this time. Due to the travel restrictions of the Covid19 times we are living in and Stay at home orders, I am unable to attend either service.
I am there with you in Spirit.
Andrea ( Andy) L.Rosser
Andrea L. Rosser
May 22, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Sharon and John Colombo
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