Frances L. (nee Gibbs) Thomas of Springfield, Missouri, formerly of Viburnum, Missouri, was born March 28, 1936 in Davisville, Missouri to Ray and Hazel Davis Gibbs and passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the age of 83 years, 7 months and 13 days.
Frances married William Harry Thomas on June 22, 1957 in Davisville, Missouri.
Frances was employed at Ralston Purina for a few years and later Zenith, Doe Run, Viburnum schools and the State of Missouri. She also served as an Ombudsman for Gibbs Care Center in Steelville, Missouri and Stone Crest at Viburnum, Missouri for over 20 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Viburnum, Missouri for many years.
Frances also was instrumental in helping start the Senior Center at Viburnum, Missouri along with volunteering to serve meals. She enjoyed crocheting, learning about her family history by traveling with her husband to Tennessee and overseas and was an avid Cardinal baseball fan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Hazel Gibbs; her husband, Harry Thomas; two brothers, Ken Gibbs and Jim (Judy) Gibbs; infant sister, Mary Ruth; brothers-in-law, Carl Price, Paul Thomas, Rennic Thomas, Frank Thomas and Lowell (Sylvia) Thomas; and sister-in-law, Leah Land.
She is survived by two sons, William “Anthony” (Colleen) Thomas of Springfield, Missouri and Benjamin “Ben” (Katrina) Thomas of Florida; one daughter, Sharon (Scott) Hilton of Nixa, Missouri; one brother, Paul (Yvonne) Gibbs of St. Charles, Missouri, two sisters, Gayle (Caroll) Deal of Springfield, Missouri and Vera Price of Sparta, Missouri; sisters-in-law, Jolene Gibbs of Steelville, Missouri, Barbara Thomas of California and Carol Thomas of Viburnum, Missouri; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville, Missouri with Rev. Bob Coleman officiating. Special music of “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace” was played. Memories were shared by her son, Ben.
Committal prayer and interment were in the Czar Cemetery in Viburnum, Missouri.
Casket bearers were Joshua Thomas, Jeff Gibbs, Jason Gibbs, Blake Gibbs, Scott Hilton and Kevin Gibbs.
Arrangements under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home of Steelville, Missouri.