Carol Beatrice Thomas

15 janvier 19375 juin 2021

Following a lengthy illness, Carol Beatrice (Vatland) Thomas, 84, of Kingwood and Houston, Texas, completed her journey home to God on the 5th of June. Growing up on a farm near the town of Mabel, in southeast Minnesota, Carol married Eugene (Tom) Thomas, July 7th, 1962. During their life together they worked and lived in Okinawa, Italy, throughout the United States; and traveled in the Orient, throughout Europe, and the Holy Land.

Carol graduated with a BS in Nursing from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. During her nursing career she experienced both surgical and medical hospital nursing, care of the elderly, and for the final twelve years, elementary school nursing in Humble, Texas. She enjoyed creating and presenting special programs for both children and adults. While she enjoyed finding time to sit down and play her piano, one of her very favorite pastimes was to select a children’s book from her extensive library, and simply sit down to read to a child.

Carol was a life-long Christian who actively sought ways to serve her Lord with her musical talents, teaching skills, and a pair of very willing hands doing whatever needed to be done. She was most caring of any in need, willingly opening her home to provide shelter and comfort for those stranded or displaced by circumstance including a newborn infant whose mother could not immediately return home after delivery, and a family of seven displaced from their New Orleans home by Hurricane Katrina. She is survived by her husband of nearly 59 years; sons John of Spring, Texas, and Brian (Kellie) of Dallas, Texas; daughter Caroline (Stephen) Webb of Cypress, Texas; beloved grandchildren Elyse, Josh, Blitz (Suja), Sarah, Zachary, Hannah Grace, Benjamin and Grant; great grandchildren Thresia, Anna, Josiah, Matthias and Richard; and brother LaDue Vatland. She was preceded in death by her parents, Byron and Odis Vatland; brothers Lowell, Blaine and Terry; and daughter-in-law Michele Thomas.

In her own words “I have been a nurse, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, story teller and kingdom worker. I am most of all grateful to be called a child of God. The Lord has blessed these efforts. The joy is in the journey!” Among her writings is the following poem: “I have an altar in me, It is a holy place. I lay down all my burdens. He fills me up with grace.”

A visitation for Carol will be held at the Kingwood Funeral Home, 22800 Hwy 59 N. in Kingwood, Texas, from 5 to 8 PM on Thursday, June 10th. The Texas funeral service will be held at Kingwood United Methodist Church, 1799 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood, Texas at 11:00 AM on Friday June 11th. The Kingwood service will be livestreamed at KingwoodUMC.org.

An additional visitation will be held from 5 to 7 PM on June 18th at the Mengis Funeral Home in Carol’s home town of Mabel, MN. A final funeral service will be held at 11 AM on June 19th at the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church, 42081 130th Street, Mabel, MN 55954. Interment will follow at the Garness Trinity Lutheran Church cemetery. The Garness church website is GarnessTrinity.org. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either the Kingwood United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Garness Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, or to “Operation Smile”.



Carol Beatrice Thomas


Gerald & Ethel Ream

10 juin , 2021

Tom, John, Caroline & Brian:
To you, Carol was a wife and mother, we were blessed to have her as a neighbor and friend. We loved to hear her stories of life on the farm as well as the world adventures that your family encountered. She was one of the sweetest ladies we have had an opportunity to get to know and are so grateful that God brought our lives together. We will forever cherish our trip to Minnesota to visit and have her show us around her hometown. We know that she is in her forever home now and dancing with the angels.

MiLisa York

8 juin , 2021

Caroline -

I am praying for you in your time of sadness. As your mother is folded into the Lord’s warm embrace, may you feel her love shining down on you always.