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Jean Thomas

WEBSTER - Jean Thomas 97 Webster passed away Wednesday December 26, 2018 at Sanford Medical Center in Aberdeen. Private services will be held. Jean was born to Cornelius and Alice (Sckerl) Wells in Eden SD on June 30, 1921. She was baptized into the Episcopal Church in Webster, SD. Jean graduated from Webster High School in 1939, attended business school in Huron SD and worked a short time. Jean and Donn Thomas were married on May 30, 1943. Donn and Jean began their married life in Norfolk VA where Donn was enlisted in the US Navy. Other than the time spent in Huron and Norfolk VA, Jean was a lifelong resident of Webster. Jean had a talent for keeping a well-kept home, filled with interesting collections. She had a soft heart for animals, especially cats. She was an avid bridge player and liked board games of any kind. She volunteered as a Gray Lady at Bethesda Home for over 25 years and was active in the Episcopal Church for most of her life. She enjoyed food and fellowship at the Golden Age Club, loved thrift store shopping, reading, visiting places of interest, and spending time with family and friends. Jean is survived by her son, Tom (Mary) Thomas of West Point, Nebraska, sister, Joan Wanner of Temecula, CA, granddaughters: Tammi (Chad) Kurmel of Okemos Michigan, Tawni (Randy) Erickson of LaVista Nebraska, great granddaughters: Jensen and Abbey Kurmel, Hannah and Lindsey Erickson, nieces: Suzi (Donn) Larson, Jodi (Jay) Kollar, nephews: Jon Wanner and Andy Wells, great niece: Lexi (J.J.)Angeles, great nephews: Chase and Jackson Kollar. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donn in 1985, her brothers John and James, sisters-in-law: Ruth Wells, Gladys Wells, and Phyllis Wells; and brother-in-law: Marlin Wanner. The family prefers memorials be directed to The Humane Society of the United States 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450 Washington, DC 20037

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To the Family, I want to express how sorry to read about your loss. Losing a family member can be very painful. When I lost my father, I found comfort in what the Bible teaches. I fully believe, as the Bible teaches, that God will restore paradisaic conditions to our earth and that he yearns to bring back to life on earth those who have died—including our family members. (Job 14:14, 15; John 5:28, 29) We can look forward to the day when we will hold and embrace them again. Every time we hear the word “paradise,” that hope warms our hearts! In the meantime, we can take comfort in the fact that they are in God’s memory. I hope the same thoughts may bring your family comfort in dealing with your loss.

Fred N Jan 4 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Tom and family, So glad I got to see you and your Mom last June at the reunion. I just looked through the Bearcat yearbook of 1939. What a class—including the beautiful Jean Wells! Cherish the good memories. Mary Ann (Nelson) Arneson

Mary Ann (Nelson) Arneson Jan 3 2019 12:00 AM

To the Thomas family and friends please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one Jean. During Jesus Christ ministry his friend Lazarus had fallen asleep in death Jesus Christ shedded tears minutes later even though Lazarus had been laid to rest in a tomb for 4 days Jesus Christ called to Lazarus to come out miraculously waking him up from the sleep of death John 11:11-44. This foreshadowed what Jesus Christ will do very soon for the loved ones we have lost in death they will hear Jesus Christ voice calling them miraculously waking them up from the sleep of death John 5:28, 29, right here on a brand new Paradise Earth no more sickness pain or death Life without end Revelation 21:1-5 jw.org.

Sacramenta Landrum Dec 29 2018 12:00 AM

Sympathy and prayers for all Jean's loved ones. It was a joy to know Jean. Nyla Amundson

Nyla Amundson Dec 28 2018 12:00 AM

Tom. Your mom was a special person. Sympathy and prayers. Jim and Pat Peterson

Jim Peterson Dec 28 2018 12:00 AM