Delores Thomas
1932 - 2017
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Delores Jean ("Big Ma") Thomas, age 84, formerly of Gary, Indiana, went home to be with the Lord peacefully, surrounded by her family, at Wellstar Cobb Hospital in Austell, Georgia on Friday, October 20, 2017. Delores was born on November 4, 1932 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and she moved to Gary in 1952. She was a faithful and active member of Centennial United Methodist Church for over 35 years, until moving to Georgia in 2009 to live with her daughters for health-related reasons. Delores was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt who always put the needs of others ahead of her own. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her mother, Anna B. Simmons. She is survived by her 6 loving children: Phyllis (Gregory) Downs of Stockbridge, GA; Carletta (Marlon) Baskin of Mableton, GA; Darlene (LaNail) Berry of Gary, IN; Gary (Gaye) Thomas of Lawrenceville, GA; Debbie Thomas of Los Angeles, CA; and Byron (Theresa) Thomas of Gary, IN; as well as her sister, Rosemary Dunn of Toledo, OH; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.Visitation Saturday October 28, 2017 from 9-11:00a.m. with Funeral Services to follow at 11:00a.m. all services at Centennial United Methodist Church 777 Rhode Island St. Gary, IN. Pastor Annette Ayers officiating. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park.

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Published in Post-Tribune on Oct. 25, 2017.
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October 19, 2020
She was always a great neighbor!
Nancy Harris Fortner
October 28, 2017
May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father comfort your hearts and make you firm. 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17.
My sincere sympathy.
October 28, 2017
My condolences to the Thomas family be strong keep your head up
William Dillon
October 27, 2017
Debbie, words can't express how sorry I am for the loss of your precious mother. I pray that your family finds peace and healing in the days and years to come.
Angela Jenkins
October 27, 2017
Knew Big Ma as the mom of my Auntie Phyllis,( who married my favorite Uncle Greg) and
her siblings when I was a child. The last time I saw Big Ma was at my cousin Shawnya's wedding last October In Georgia. I'll always remember her as a fabulous woman. Rest easy, Mrs. Thomas. You lived a good life and left behind a wonderful legacy

Angela Jordan Patton.(Angie).
L. Byron Patton III
And Kierdis Patrice
October 27, 2017
Sending Love
Debbie (Classmate), please know that You along with the entire Family are in my prayers for GOD's strength to sustain You All.
Sharon D. Jamison
October 26, 2017
To all my cousins and family.Our thoughts are with you.Aunt Jean you are in His Loving arms now.You and Benny keep smiling down on us as we look up to you.
Mike and YaVone Tate and family
October 26, 2017
YaVone McKinney Tate
October 26, 2017
October 26, 2017
To Aunt Jean's children, my heart was saddened when I learned of your mother's passing. My life's memory book has several pages that were written by Aunt Jean and Bannie and I only wish to offer my deepest sympathy to all of you as you experience the loss of a wonderful woman of God. Keep you hand in Jesus' hand and He will carry you through. Love to all, Alma.
October 25, 2017
To Deplores Thomas family. Mrs Thomas was a Mom to all of us. I will miss her very much. My condolences to the family. I pray for God to give you strength.
Donna Shaw
October 25, 2017
My deepest condolences to the Thomas Family from the children of Velma Brown-Jones. Our families will forever be connected by the 7th & Rhode Island neighborhood and the wonderful years ours siblings went to school together, played together and grew up together. Your Mom (and Grandma) were strong women that displayed strength, discipline and dignity.May God Bless you all.

Lewis and Janie (Brown) Boyden and Family
October 25, 2017
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
alice becton, walker
October 25, 2017
Condolences to the Thomas family, who were our neighbors across the street from the "Harris" for years.

May God bless the family during this time of loss.
Nancy Harris-Fortner
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