The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 23, 2013

Mary C. Thomas


Mary Clendora (Burt) Thomas was born Jan. 17, 1922, in Joplin, Mo., and passed away Jan. 19, 2013, in Tulsa, Okla.

She is pre-deceased by her husband, Erle (Tommy) Thomas.

She is survived by her brother, Charles Burt; sister, Maty Boone; son and daughter-in-law, Les and Janet Thomas; daughter, Linda Thomas; her grandchildren, Tricia Brucks, Michael Thomas, Catrina Thomas and Darcie Taggart; and great-grandchildren, Halle Brucks, Caden Taggart, Kale Thomas, Jake Thomas and Ben Thomas.

While living in Joplin, she met Tommy at a 1942 USO party and they were married the following year. Her son, Les, was born in 1950, and daughter, Linda, followed in 1954.

In 1964 and 1965, she worked as an executive secretary for Red Barn Chemical in Shreveport, La. After moving to Tulsa in 1965, she and Tommy operated Old Village Drapery which was in business for the next 30 years. Upon retirement they had the opportunity to travel to many places including Mexico, Alaska and Europe.

She enjoyed her family tremendously and was always happiest when she was with any of them. In January of 2012, we celebrated her 90th birthday with a party at Montereau Retirement Center which was attended by 65 friends and family members.

She lived her life to the fullest and was always available to friends and family for anything they needed help with. We loved her and she will be greatly missed by anyone who knew her.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Christ United Methodist Church, Tulsa. Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. at Ozark Memorial Cemetery, 415 North St. Louis, Joplin, Mo.

Moore's Southlawn


Share memories at

Text Only
  • Darrell "Doc" Carnagey Darrell L. "Doc" Carnagey

    Doc  Carnagey, age 47, of Carl Junction, Mo., passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Derfelt Funeral Home Charles Fredrick Brand Jr.

    Charles Fredrick Brand Jr., age 82, passed away at 5:30 a.m., Thursday, July 23, 2014 at Landmark Hospital, Joplin, Mo., following an illness.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Mason-Woodard Mortuary Nancy Mae McCrillis

    Nancy Mae McCrillis, age 80, of Joplin, Mo., passed away July 24, 2014, following a short illness.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • John W. Clenney John W. Clenney

    John W. Clenney, 58, Goodman, Mo., passed away July 19, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family after a year long battle with cancer.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Parker Mortuary Brian R. Giebler

    Brian Richard Giebler was born July 21, 1950, in St. Louis, Mo., to Gordon and Alice Giebler.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Richard D. Ebert Richard Dean Ebert

    Richard Dean Ebert, age 81, Joplin, passed away at 7:35 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014.

    July 27, 2014 3 Photos

  • Derfelt Funeral Home Erva Randall

    Erva Virginia (Stinson) Randall, age 94, of Baxter Springs, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at 3:25 p.m.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ruby M. Jenkins Ruby Marie Bash Jenkins

    Ruby Marie Bash Jenkins passed away at 7:58 a.m., Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at  Sharon Lane Nursing Center in Shawnee, Johnson County, Kan.  She had been a resident of that facility for a little over a year. She was 94 years and 3 months of age.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • William E. Bader William E. Bader

    William E. (Bull) Bader, 95,  passed away on July 23, 2014 at Gainesville Health Care Center where he resided.
    Bill was born Sept. 16, 1918 in Stuttgart, Germany.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • Tommy Farmer Tommy W. Farmer Jr.

    Tommy Walter Farmer Jr., 70, went home to be with the Lord at 3:27 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo