Rio Rita Thomas

Rio Rita Thomas, 79, of Onaway, died Thursday, January 8, 2015 at home. The daughter of Oliver Wendell Sr. and Marie Elizabeth (Hodges) Holmes, Rita was born July 6, 1935 in Coffee County, Alabama.

She married Roscoe Donald Thomas in Mississippi April 1, 1953.

Rita worked in the shipping department at the Dolly Madison Bakery. In 1983 she moved to Onaway from Alabama.  Rita enjoyed playing Yahtzee, reading, gardening and canning.

Surviving Rita are her two sons, Roscoe “JR” Thomas of Phoenix City, Alabama and Elmer Thomas of Columbus, Georgia; many grandchildren; and three sisters. Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe D. Thomas; her son, George Henry Thomas; her longtime companion, James Blair Brown; and two brothers.

Cremation arrangements were in care of the Chagnon Funeral Home.

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