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Mary Keys Thomas

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Mary Keys Thomas Obituary
Thomas Mary Keys Thomas, 82, of Upper Arlington, was born February 13, 1935, in Columbus, Ohio, and died peacefully on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Westminster Thurber Community. Mary was preceded in death by her daughter Susan Lee Thomas Furry, and her parents George W. and Edna Keys. She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, James R. Thomas; daughters, Nancy (Mike) Weir and Amy (Brock) Harris; and grandsons, Saunder, Baker and Lucas Harris; son-in-law, Mark Furry; and sons, Dominic and Garrett Furry; brother, George W. (Camille) Keys, Jr.; and niece, Carolyn McDonnell; and nephew, Jeff Keys; and many dear friends. Mary will be remembered as a creative and talented artist, avid gardener, outstanding athlete, and loving sister, friend, wife, mother, and grandmother. She particularly enjoyed celebrating birthdays and holidays with her family and friends, spending time in nature at the Keys Farm and Camp Akita, playing tennis and golf, and vacationing at Kelley's Island. Mary was very welcoming, had a wonderful sense of humor, and always, a positive outlook on life. She gave generously of herself in service to God, family, community, and friends. She graduated from Bexley High School in 1952, and maintained close friendships with "the Bexley Girls", throughout her life. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1956, where she was actively involved with Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Mortar Board and the Student Senate. After college, Mary worked at Battelle, where she met her husband Jim. After raising their children, Mary worked in employee benefits with Bank One Trust Company, Huntington Bank and Meeks & Company. She utilized her artistic talent working as a tole (decorative) painter in the Tin Shop at the Ohio Village. Mary was a long-time member of First Community Church, The Childhood League and the Upper Arlington Art League. She was a Master Gardener, watercolor and oil painter, and a former docent at the Columbus Museum of Art. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Mary's longtime caregiver Linda Yoakum, and to the caring staff members at First Community Village and Westminster Thurber. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m. at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at a reception in Brownlee Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary's memory may be made to The Columbus Museum of Art (https://members.columbusmuseum.org/donate), OSU Mortar Board, or the First Community Church North Campus Sanctuary Capital Project. Arrangements by SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL. To share memories, offer condolences, or view Mary's video tribute, visit www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 11, 2017
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