Mary Lou Thomas

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Mary Lou Ross Thomas of Cynthiana passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 at her residence. She was 77. Born Sept.17, 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Ottis C. and Nannie Godbey Ross. Mrs. Thomas was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother. Her family was her life's work. She was a talented artist, with an exceptional eye for beauty and art. She was a voracious reader who loved history, nature and travel, leading her family on many happy trips around the country. Her depth of knowledge of American history ranged from colonial America, World War II and the Kennedy presidency, with a special affinity for the works of Thomas Jefferson and his home, Monticello. She was a Christian whose kindness, thoughtfulness, gentle nature, encouraging spirit, love and devotion to family will be deeply missed but always cherished. She was a member of the Scott County Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband, whom she wed on Aug. 17, 1956, Bobby E. Thomas; a daughter, Tanya Lou Thomas of Cynthiana; two sons, Bobby E. Thomas Jr. (and wife, Patricia) of Georgetown and James S. Thomas (and wife, Lea) of Lexington; a grandson, Liam James Thomas; a sister, Carol Barker; and family pets, Sunshine, Sherlock and Allie. She was preceded in death by an infant son; a brother, Eugene Ross; and a sister, Iva Dean Pittman. Funeral services were Feb. 2 at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. J.D. McDonald officiating. Burial was in South Fork Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. Online guestbook available at
Published in The Casey County News on Feb. 6, 2013