Betty P. Thomas, 84, died peacefully Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at home, with family and friends at her side.
She was born Sept. 3, 1929, in Greenbrier County, W.Va.
Betty was raised in Rainelle, W.Va., along with her seven siblings. She married her high school sweetheart, Bulan T. “BT” Thomas. Betty and BT worked and raised their family in Parkersburg, W.Va. Upon their retirement from the Bureau of Public Debt, they headed south for the sand and sun, and settled in Rotonda, Fla.
Betty loved art and painting, especially watercolors, a passion she shared with her sister, Lucy Jones of Englewood, Fla. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed making “epic” Christmas dinners for family and friends. Betty was a member of the YMCA, and regularly participated in exercise, yoga and walking. She will always be remembered for her generous and kind spirit, her gentle presence, and her beautiful, welcoming smile. Above all else, she was a devoted mother.
She is survived by her son, Bulan T. “Tom” Thomas III of Rotonda; and her daughters, Shella Susan Thomas of Rotonda, and H. Jane Thomas of Charleston, W.Va. Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Bulan T. “BT” Thomas Jr.
At Betty’s request, there will be no service. Her ashes will go back home to West Virginia to join those of her husband’s over a beautiful waterfall that feeds into the New River. The family asks that those interested in memorial donations please consider the following organizations: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research www.michaeljfox.org; Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238; or the American Heart Association. You may share a memory with the Thomas family at www.englewoodfh.com.
Arrangements are by Englewood Community Funeral Home with Private Crematory.