Mary (Anheliger) THOMAS

THOMAS, Mary (Anheliger) Passed away on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at the age of 101. Survived by daughters: Genevieve (James) Bulter of Kelowna, Lydia (Bill) Ball of Nanaimo, Louise (Phil) Stone of Calgary, Debra (Gary) Weikum of Lethbridge; sons: Al (Julia) Thomas of Calgary, Gene(Jo) Thomas of Rocky Mountain House, Fred (Paddy) Thomas of Williams Lake; 17 grandchildren, 30 great grand children, 4 great-great grandchildren, sister Pauline (Martin) Heise and numerous nieces and nephew. Sadly predeceased by her husband Frank Thomas, daughter-in-law Freda Thomas, 7 brothers and 6 sisters. Mom was born March 22, 1909 in the sod house on her parents’ farm near Holdfast, SK. She married Frank Thomas July 7, 1930. They farmed near Holdfast until the family moved to Kelowna in 1948. Mom loved to play card games with family and friends; travel with friends; tended many large vegetable and flower gardens and was happy to bake cinnamon buns and make quilts for her family. She worked hard and laughed lots. We are all richer for being part of her life. Prayers will be held on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 10:30 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 839 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC, with interment to follow in the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, 1633 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1P6. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.