Mary Elizabeth Thomas began life on July 5, 1923 in Hale County, Greensboro Alabama as the firstborn daughter of Bennie and Malissie Johnson (Both deceased). Her sisters, Martha Pearl and Lillian (deceased) rounded out the family.
While visiting extended family on Johnstown, Pa. Mary meet Edgar Thomas and became his wife. Their union brought forth seven children, Edgar Mae(deceased), Barbara Jean (deceased), Albert (Lorene), Edgar Benjamin (Mary Louise), Alvin Sr. (Almeta), Pamela and John (Tina Mae). Mary found room in her heart and home to add her husband’s four younger cousins to her family. Through their seven their nuclear family of nine has expanded to include 24 children, 46 great grandchildren and 15 great –great grandchildren.
She was a dedicated homemaker whose care for her family knew no limits. Her family was always blessed with daily homemade meals and her children never arrived home to an empty house. Friends and neighbors were always made welcome.
Community participation was important to Mary. She was a member of P.T.A., a volunteer with the Red Cross and the Association of the Blind, was a member of the Bethlehem Steel Superettes Bowling Team and never missed a meeting of the Women in the NAACP.
As a member of First Cambria A.M.E. Zion Church, when she wasn’t singing or ushering, you could find her sitting in the her pew in the latest fashion with her lips curved in a radiant smile and ever present hat perched on her glorious mane of hair. She rounded out her service to her church family by participating in the Golden Leaf Club before finally settling into her role as Church Mother. She remained devoted in the attendance and service at her church until her health declined.
On Wednesday, February 10, 2021 Mary was greeted with a big smile as she walked into her loving arms of her beloved heavenly husband Edgar. While we mourn the loss of her physical presence with us we are comforted in our knowledge that she is no longer susceptible to the pains and frailties of her life. She is now in the presence of her Lord and once again beside her husband who provided and cared for her during their over 60 year marriage.
The family appreciated your understanding that her funeral and burial services are private and restricted to her immediate descendants.
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