Ruth M. Thomas
Ruth M. Thomas Sept. 22, 1927 - April 11, 2017 SOUTH BEND - Ruth Mildred Thomas, 89, of South Bend, IN, passed away 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the home of her son. She was born on September 22, 1927, in Delong, IN, to the late Raymond Mallard and Mildred Veda (Zechiel) Ditmire. Mrs. Thomas is survived by her son, Mark (Deborah) Thomas of Osceola, IN; daughter-in-law, Terri Thomas; grandchildren, Bryan (Sara) Thomas, Laura Thomas, Amber (Mike) Westra, Dennis Nimtz and Philip Nimtz; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Doris, Jane and Jean; and brothers, Lee and Norman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Earl Thomas, on March 9, 1974, son, Dwight Allen Thomas, on December 31, 2008, sister, Catherine, and brother, Fred. Mrs. Thomas was a teacher for the South Bend Community School Corporation. She loved quilt making and playing her favorite #1 game, Scrabble. She belong to a sewing circle and to the Lakeville United Methodist Church, where she volunteered and sang in the choir. A special thanks to her daughter-in-law, Deborah Thomas, for the amazing care she gave to Ruth. Also a special thanks to Tina and Michelle at Hospice for their care and love. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2017, at United Methodist Church, 610 N. Michigan St., Lakeville, IN. Graveside services and burial will follow at Southlawn Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan St., South Bend, IN, and one hour prior to the services Monday at church. Contributions in memory of Ruth M. Thomas may be offered to Hospice Foundation, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com .
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