Jo Ann Thomas

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Jo Ann Thomas
May 27, 1944 - October 17, 2015
Jo Ann (Nichols) Thomas, 71 years old of Marsing, Idaho passed away on Oct 17th 2015 at Trinity Mission in Nampa. Jo Ann was born to Frank and Vivian Nichols, on Saturday, May 27th, 1944, in Hermosa Beach, CA.
She graduated from Oakland Technical High School in June of 1962.
In 1967 Jo Ann gave birth to Sarah in Oakland California.
July 1973 Jo Ann Moved to Marsing, Idaho. Here she worked for Simplot. On June 5th, 1976, Mom married the love of her life, Jim. Mom was a bartender for Owyhee Lounge for many years. She could roll a mean dice game or play a strong hand of pitch.
Jo Ann worked for the Marsing School District for 18 years. She started in the lunch room as a lunch lady. She was a Teacher's Assistant for first, second and third grade. You could always find her helping kids get ready for tests. Jo Ann was also a bus aide. She kept score for the Marsing High School girls soft ball team. She retired from Marsing School District in 2010, but she often went back to help with testing.
In 1989 Mom received the Honorary Sheriff's Award from the Owyhee County Sheriff's Department. Mom loved the town of Marsing and served several years on the Chamber of Commerce. She also helped organize for Marsing's Christmas Care Tree.
In 1996 her granddaughter Abbi was born and the spoiling began. It didn't take long for Abbi to have grandma wrapped around her fingers. In 2005 our family grew when Sarah married Bob and mom was a grandmother again to Robert and Jessica. They loved family summer vacation with the kids.
For 25 yrs Mom kept score or was pouring beer and selling raffle tickets at the Percifield Co-ed Tournament.
Mom is preceded in death by her husband, Jim, her parents and two sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Sarah and son-in-law Bob, grandchildren, Abbigale, Jessica, and Robert. Sister Francis and two nieces Jennifer and Julie. And of course mom's roommates Stacy and peanut their puppy.
A celebration of life will be held on Thursday Oct 22, 2015 @ The American Legion Hall in Marsing at 1:00pm. Services are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Home in Garden City, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Marsing Senior Center.
The family would like to thank the staff at Horizon Hospice and the staff at Trinity Mission Health & Rehab.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Oct. 20, 2015