On Saturday October 1, 2016 Erlene Josephine Thomas entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior.
Funeral services will be at 2:00p.m. Wednesday, October 5 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in McCamey Texas. The Reverend Jimmy Braswell will officiate. Scriptures, memories and music will be presented by her grandchildren. Burial will follow in the Resthaven Cemetery in McCamey. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.
Mrs. Thomas was born on July 8, 1931 to Margaret and Earl Bone in McCamey, Texas. She attended McCamey Schools graduating in 1948. On December 21, 1946 Earlene married âthe love of her life, â Curtis Thomas. They were richly blessed with 61 years together and had three children. Daughter Maribette and husband Max Mainord of Andrews, Texas; son James Curtis Thomas and wife Karen of Midland Texas; and daughter Jolene Thomas, deceased.
Erlene greatest joys were her grandchildren and great grandchildren, with one on the way. They are granddaughter Michelle and husband Doyle Weishuhn of Seminole, Texas, and children Hunter and McKaylee; grandson Marcus Mainord and wife Jamie of Fort Worth, Texas and sons Jacob and Alex; grandson Tres Thomas of Midland, Texas, and daughter Madison; granddaughter Marissa and Kris Lundberg of Midland, Texas and children Aubree and Slade; grandson Jarod Thomas and wife Paige of Midland, Texas and children Callyn, Campbell and Jace on the way, and grandson Michael Paschal of Lubbock.
Erlene touched many lives through her faithful service at First Christian Church of McCamey, where she served as Sunday school teacher for 32 years. She also served in various community involvements, with her Study Club being her favorite. Erlene always loved McCamey and its people. After living in Midland at Manor Park for her last 10 years, her favorite topic was visiting with friends about her many years in McCamey.
Erlene and Curtis were honored with the Pioneer Award in 2003. They were deeply rooted in McCamey having spent their entire lives there.
Erlene, who was affectionately known by her family as âMeMomâ, left a legacy of Christian love and service. She is survived by sister Mary Milam of Odessa, sister in law Peggy Bone of Dallas; nephews Mike Milam, Jay Milam and James Earl Bone; nieces Marlene Cannon and Tori Donaldson. She was preceded in death by her dear husband Curtis Thomas, brother Jim Bone, brother in law Jack Milam, precious daughter Jolene Thomas, a very special niece Jacque Lynn Milam, and a perfect and beautiful granddaughter Tatum Thomas who Erlene is joined with now in heaven.
Donations can be made in Earleneâs memory to her adopted church, First Christian Church of Midland.
The family thanks the large community of Manor Park for loving and taking in Erlene and Curtis. We are also grateful for her Christian caregivers.