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Lois (Hayden) Thomas

January 16, 1928 ~ December 11, 2018 (age 90)
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Lois Thomas was born on January 16, 1928 in Haleburg, Alabama to the late Willie Hayden and Nola Mae Thompson. She was the tenth of fourteen children.

Her greatest passion in life was helping her children to achieve their potential. She believed that a good education was critical to accomplishing that goal and devoted her life to helping her children and others to get the best education available to them.  She had the ability to see the potential in people and was able to motivate and inspire them to strive for the best.

She also had a passion for gardening and cooking. She felt that the mind and body should be fed and it was evident in her green thumb with plants and in her baking. Her home was known as a place where you could always get a warm smile, an encouraging word and an excellent piece of pound cake.

She worked in food services for more than 50 years and retired to take care of her husband when his health began to fail.  She understood the virtue of commitment, which was demonstrated, in her commitment to God, family, church and community. Her belief was any task started should be completed. She always gave 110% to anything that she was involved in and encouraged others to do the same.
On December 11, 2018 all of her earthly jobs were completed and God called her home.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Edward Thomas and a son: Wayne Thomas and 12 siblings. 

She leaves to cherish her memories and to continue the work of striving for excellence a sister: Girleen Hayden (Irvington, NJ); a brother-in-law: Benton Fisher (LaMarque, TX); two daughters: Brenda Thomas (William) Algee & Deborah Thomas both of Dothan; two sons: Tyrone Thomas (Arlington, VA), & Bernard Thomas (Atlanta, GA); seven grandchildren: Kim (Eric) Gray (Forest Park, GA), Cameron Thomas (Loxley, AL), Wayne (LaToya) Thomas (Daphne, AL), William Thomas (Union City, GA), Alan Algee (Kyoto, Japan), Tyrone Thomas II (Fairfax Station, VA) and Ashley Thomas (Brooklyn, NY); and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and extended family and friends.

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