Dora E. Thomas, age 88, went to be with Jesus on Friday, April 22 in Shalimar, Florida. She was born in Davis, West Virginia on May 13, 1927 to the late Charles Frank Popish and the late Helen Sarah Lahman Popish.
Dora, called “Jackie” by her family, grew up in Davis, West Virginia. Upon graduation from high school, she moved to Washington, D.C. She met her husband, the late Leonard Norman Thomas, as an army pen pal and they married and raised their family in Hyattsville, Maryland. Dora devoted herself to raising her children and to selfless acts of kindness to her family and neighbors.
In her later years, Dora worked at CVS where she received awards for her service and earned grants to benefit the Civista Hospital in LaPlata, MD where she volunteered and was much-loved by her coworkers.
Dora is survived by her children, Gary Lee “Ted” (Cathy) Thomas of Davis, WV; Robin Thomas (Bob) Liebersohn of Williamsport, PA; Sharon Thomas (John) Patterson of Shalimar, FL; Karen Fay (Dennis) Donaldson of Baker, FL; and Jennifer Suzanne (Grant) Powell of Panama City, FL. She also leaves behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters: Mary Behler, Ruby Dix, Patrick (Carmela) Popish, Cecelia “Peachie” Norwood, and David (Carol) Popish.
Dora is preceded in death by her late husband, Leonard N. Thomas and her son, Robert Allen Thomas of LaPlata, Md. Also, sisters Mae E. Popish, Jean Waybright, Alvinia St. Arnold, and brother, Charlie Popish.
An intimate graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. at the Davis Cemetery. Flowers may be sent to the Hinkle Funeral Home in Davis, WV or donations may be made to the charity of your choice in her name. Her children are appreciative of your kindness and prayers.