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Little & Sons Funeral Home

1301 Main Street, Beech Grove, IN

OBITUARY

Kitty Irvin Thomas

June 5, 1931January 31, 2020

Kitty Rae Irvin Thomas was born June 5th, 1931, in Avis, Pennsylvania, in the Susquehanna River Valley Farmland. She graduated from Milligan College in Tennessee qualified to teach. She taught in Bristol and Jefferson County, Kentucky, in public schools. In 1954, she married William K. Thomas, minister of the Disciples of Christ, and served with him in the church in Milltown, Indiana, and the First Christian Church in Beech Grove. There she found many opportunities to teach in the church, as well as serving as an academic tutor, a substitute teacher and a leader of countless Bible study groups and retreat gatherings. She was instrumental in the founding of the Beech Grove unit of the American Cancer Society and served as a member of the Beech Grove Public Schools Board and as a member of the Public Library Board. Kitty liked to read widely, was a faithful writer of letters and cards and relished experimenting with new recipes. Upon retirement, she enjoyed travelling and spending winters in Alamo, Texas.

Kitty and Bill had four sons. She is survived by her husband, Rev. William K. “Bill” Thomas and her sons, Scott D. Thomas, Joel N. Thomas-Adams, and Dwight D. Thomas, along with her daughters-in-law, Kathy Miles, Jennifer Thomas-Adams and Katherine Deuel; her sister, Audra Aubin and her niece Valeri Baldwin. Bill and Kitty were blessed with eight grandchildren: Whitney and Nathanael Miles; Hania, Cambrian, Emilela and Aliana Thomas-Adams; and Jasper and Kintla Deuel Thomas. Kitty was preceded in death by her parents, Milford S. and Emma (Miller) Irvin, son, Mark K. Thomas, and niece, Leslie Calvert.

A memorial visitation for Kitty will be held Wednesday, February 5th, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Little and Sons Funeral Home, 1301 Main St., Beech Grove, Indiana 46107. Her Funeral Service will follow at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In honor of her love of family gatherings, a family-style pitch-in dinner will follow the service at First Christian Church, 75 N. Tenth Avenue, Beech Grove. Please bring your family’s favorite dish.

She will be laid to rest at a later date in the Milligan College Columbarium, Johnson City, Tennessee.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Kitty’s memory may be made to First Christian Church in Beech Grove.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the Thomas family at www.littleandsonsbeechgrove.com

  • FAMILY

  • Milford S. Irvin, Father (deceased)
  • Emma (Miller) Irvin, Mother (deceased)
  • Rev. William K. "Bill" Thomas, Husband
  • Scott D. Thomas, Son
  • Mark K. Thomas, Son (deceased)
  • Joel N. Thomas-Adams (Jennifer), Son
  • Dwight D. Thomas (Kathryn), Son
  • Kathy Miles (Greg), Daughter-in-law
  • Whitney Miles, Grandchild
  • Nathanael Miles, Grandchild
  • Hania Thomas-Adams, Grandchild
  • Cambrian Thomas-Adams, Grandchild
  • Emilela Thomas-Adams, Grandchild
  • Aliana Thomas-Adams, Grandchild
  • Jasper Deuel Thomas, Grandchild
  • Kintla Deuel Thomas, Grandchild
  • Audra Aubin, Sister
  • Valeri Baldwin, Niece
  • Leslie Calvert, Niece (deceased)
  • DONATIONS

  • First Christian Church

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Wednesday, February 5, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 5, 2020
  • Family Style Pitch-In Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Memories

Kitty Irvin Thomas

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Alyce Mcdonald

February 13, 2020

So very sorry that we missed the Memorial. I loved Kitty so much. My heart is aching. Will send a long letter later. I miss her wonderful light and laughter.

Joan Hibbard Baird

February 12, 2020

Bill, Memories of you and Kitty are deeply implanted in my heart as you taught me about the Lord in our youth group at Milltown. The scripture memorization has served me well and I work with youth in my church. You and Kitty had a god-given gift for impacting children for God. I will tell Louise who is in England.

Mike and Judy Dunlap

February 5, 2020

We remember Kitty (and Bill) fondly. We can recall many joyful times when members of Beech Grove Christian and Franklin Central Christian (our congregation) shared in various events and gatherings. Kitty will surely be missed by many from both congregations.

Osman Gurtunca

February 5, 2020

Losing you is not easy at all, Kitty. My heart will be sore forever. You taught me so much. I will miss your sweet smile, your hugs and worshiping with you the God you and Bill taught me so much about.
I will never forget you. We will be reunited, this I know.

Heaven gained an angel.

I send my love and prayers to Reverend Thomas and family.

Love, Osman Gurtunca

Susan (Spear) Ware

February 5, 2020

To the Thomas Family,
Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Kitty was such a special person. She had a loving, giving spirit. She always reminded me of my Mother Doris Spear. They were cut from the same cloth.....always helping people.....so very kind and fun to be around.
The Thomas family have always been good friends to our family.
We will miss Kitty.

Love, Susan (Spear) Ware and the whole Spear family

Cindy Ploughe

February 5, 2020

I knew Kitty and Bill when I attended church at Southport Christian Church. What lovely, warm-hearted people! Kitty was a woman of beauty and true Christian grace. She shared that grace with everyone who met her. I am grateful to God to have known her.

Judy Hood

February 4, 2020

I have such fond memories of visiting my grandparents and hanging out with cousins, Kitty Rae and Audie, in Avis, Pa. so many years ago. Kitty Rae was valedictorian of her Jersey Shore High School class and she was a
wonderful pianist.
I’m so grateful that we had some annual get togethers in the last 15 years.
It was obvious that Kitty Rae put her own family and her church family first in her life-never complaining even when her health deteriorated.
It was wonderful to see her joy at the surprise 65th wedding anniversary party that her niece Valeri Baldwin arranged and which 85 people attended
about six months ago. She was so happy to see so many old friends.
Kitty Rae and Bill were a devoted loving couple for many years. A life well-lived.

Doyle and Linda Haywood

February 4, 2020

Many years ago, when we were young parents, we frequently turned to Kitty and Bill for advice. Our oldest son was the same age as Joel. All the Thomas boys were such happy wholesome boys. Our son shared so many great experiences with them. Once they wanted to go camping, and we were a little reluctant, but Kitty assured us they would be safe and that this was a great learning experience for the formation of their independence. We listened and it is now a most cherished memory. During a difficult time of our lives, both Bill and dear Kitty were there for us with loving support. They were there for us on the days our babies arrived and during the times of their marriage. Kitty was the greatest of role models as a wife, mother, and dear friend. She remained beautiful in every way throughout her llife! God blessed us greatly by placing her in our lives. May God bless her in heaven. We send our love and prayers to the family!

Linda Hill

February 4, 2020

When I think of Kitty its all Light and Love because that is who she is. My life has been Blesssed by knowing her and Bill. Thank you Scott for bringing us together.

Susan (Johnson ) Smith

February 4, 2020

Dear Thomas Family,
I am sorry for your loss.
I remember your wife/mother fondly, from when I attended the Christian Church during my middle/high school years, back in the 1970’s.

I wish peace and comfort for each of you, as you celebrate her life.

Sincere condolences,
Susan (Johnson) Smith

FROM THE FAMILY