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Dorothy Louise ThomasApril 28, 1928 ~ April 28, 2017 (age 89)
Dorothy “Dot” Wiley Thomas, 88, of Palmetto, passed away, surrounded by her family, on April 7, 2017 at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Florida.
Dorothy was born in Bradenton to Ralph L. and Laurette L. Wiley. She attended Ballard Elementary and graduated from Manatee High School. Residing in Manatee County her entire life she had a tremendous love and appreciation for the surrounding beauty and nature of the area.
Dot was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Samuel H. Thomas, Sr. They had five children of whom they were very proud. While raising their children Dot worked alongside her husband operating Palmetto Plumbing, Inc. Following her husband’s death Dot continued working with her sons, Steve and Don, for over fifty years. Dot was also an accomplished artist, with a love for fishing that never waned.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her treasured siblings: Francis W. Hamilton, Frank W. Wiley, Ralph E. Wiley and her cherished twin, Barbara W. Wiley.
Dorothy is survived and adored by her five children and their spouses: son Samuel H. Thomas II and his wife Bonnie, daughter Vicky L. Odem and her husband Steve, son Steven L. Thomas and his wife Kathy, son Donald J. Thomas and his wife Sheryl, daughter Susan E. Hague and her husband Chuck; her grandchildren, Sammy Thomas, David Thomas, Ryan Thomas, Heather Thomas, Amy Odem Smith, Anna Odem, Emily Thomas, Alexandra Thomas, Stephanie Thomas, Kelsey Thomas, Cory Thomas, Amber Thomas, Carrieann Hague Smith, Kimberly Hague Grotz, Chuckie Hague, and Becky Hague Tripp; and 24 great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter; her dear sister-in-law Jeanne Wiley and 16 nieces and nephews, all of whom she dearly loved.
Our Mom, “Grandma”, “Grandma Dot”, “Aunt Dorothy”, “Dorothy”, “Dot” will be greatly missed and a welcome companion to her loving husband Harlin and her siblings as they are reunited in God’s presence.
The family will receive friends and family on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Palmetto Presbyterian Church for a time of visiting from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. with a service to follow. A Celebration of Life will continue at Emerson Point Preserve with a picnic and a time of fellowship and sharing. Burial will be at Gillette Cemetery on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy’s memory to the Felts Audubon Preserve c/o Manatee County Audubon Society, P.O. Box 14550, Bradenton, Florida 34280.
A special Thank you to Shannon Funeral Home for their care and assistance with the arrangements.
Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
Felts Audubon Preserve c/o Manatee County Audubon Society
P.O. Box 14550, Bradenton FL 34280