In memory of
Age 74. Died peacefully on June 5, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. Family matriarch, exceptional home chef, faithful Christian servant, proud Tesla driver. New Orleans native. Douglasville, Georgia resident since 2005. Eldest of the late Leroy and Georgiaetta Duplechain's 11 children. Graduate of George Washington Carver Senior High School. In New Orleans, she worked for 26 years at the IRS and was an active member of St. Brigid Catholic Church. Former Grand Lady, Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Peter Claver, Court 329. Recipient of the 2002 Order of St. Louis IX Medallion from the Archdiocese of New Orleans. In Douglasville, she founded Thomas Mobile Tax Service. Dedicated parishioner at St. Theresa Catholic Church, where she served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the Sick and Homebound and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and Welcoming Committee. Member of: Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Court 300; Atlanta Chapter of Georgia Association of Enrolled Agents; and National Society of Tax Preparers. Predeceased by husband of 43 years Leonard Thomas, Jr. and siblings Cherry Banks, Ronald Duplechain, and Aaron Duplechain. Survived by daughters and sons-in-law: Lynnell Thomas, Lori Gray (Jameel), and Leah Valdez (Robert); grandchildren: Nyle Thomas-Andrews; Lorynn and Raina Valdez; Deja, Jackson, and Langston Gray; siblings: Melanie Duplechain (A.B. Hill), Leroy Duplechain, Jr., Angel Hill, Melva Williams (Morris), Elva Bell (Loren), Yvette Duplechain, and Candy Shallehorn; and countless other family and friends. Memorial Mass on June 15, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Douglasville.
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