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.