OBITUARY

Merri Rose Thomas-Spires

September 24, 1964May 12, 2019
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Merri Rose Thomas-Spires, 54, of Hallsville, MO, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019 at her home.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Memorial Funeral Home, Columbia, MO. Funeral service will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the funeral home with Rev. Gary Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Merri was born on September 24, 1964 in Columbia, MO the daughter of Bert and Nealia Blanche (Morris) Thomas who preceded her in death. She retired from Shelter Insurance Company after 35 years of service. Merri enjoyed spending time with her daughter and grandchildren and will be missed.

Survivors include: one daughter, Amanda Smith (Shaun) of Sturgeon, MO; five grandchildren, Jillian Smith, Kole Smith, Jordan Smith, Ashton Roach and Brooklyn Roach; four brothers, Frank Thomas (Linda) of Columbia, MO, David Thomas of Hallsville, MO, Gary Thomas (Debbie) of Ashland, MO and Danny Thomas (Patti) of Ashland, MO; three sisters, Linda Ketchum of Hallsville, MO, Pat Thomas of Hallsville, MO and Suzzie Thomas (Curtis) of Moberly, MO, and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy Thomas and Johnny Thomas and one sister, Sandy Thomas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65202.

  • FAMILY

  • Amanda Smith, Daughter
  • Jillian Smith, Grandchild
  • Kole Smith, Grandchild
  • Jordan Smith, Grandchild
  • Ashton Roach, Grandchild
  • Brooklyn Roach, Grandchild
  • Frank (Linda) Thomas, Brother
  • David Thomas, Brother
  • Gary (Debbie) Thomas, Brother
  • Danny (Patti) Thomas, Brother
  • Linda Ketchum, Sister
  • Pat Thomas, Sister
  • Suzzie (Curtis) Thomas, Sister
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Frank Thomas
  • David Thomas
  • Danny Thomas
  • Pete Anderson
  • Shawn Thomas
  • Jeff Jones
  • DONATIONS

  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Services

  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 18, 2019

Memories

Merri Rose Thomas-Spires

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Bea Hill

May 18, 2019

I knew Merri from working at Shelter. Later on we had contact through Facebook. I was sorry to hear this. God be with all the family during this time.

julie mangels

May 17, 2019

met miss mary through my dad, bob, when our parents started dating. felt like we had known each other forever. rest in peace my friend. i am thankful that we got to spend time together this year when you visited iowa. still have the cross you bought me in my car. may your pain be gone and you can finally smile again. with all my love, juls

Debbie Forrester

May 16, 2019

Merri,
We were Girl Scout Mothers and watched each other’s daughters grow up. I danced at your wedding and then at Amanda’s. We decided we must be related since we felt so close to each other’s daughter. I’ll do my best to be there for your daughter and her wonderful family. My family’s love is with you and your family in both the difficult and joyous times ahead. All of our love,

Debbie and the Forresters of Alexandria, VA

Dawn Forrester-Lewis

May 16, 2019

Merri was my second mom. Amanda and I grew up together and have been best friends for 25 years. Merri, I love you and I miss you. My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to Amanda and her family, during this difficult time. Love to all.

Barb Calvin

May 15, 2019

What a sad day. Praying for the family and friends. Merri we had some fun times together. Go rest on the mountain.. love you.

Shelly Shoe HERMAN

May 15, 2019

I am so sorry to hear this. I can't believe this I was just thinking about her on my drive home tonight. I was her BootBaby and she was my Rosebud we grew up together, even had our first weddings on the same date, which later we realized was stupid because we couldnt be at each others wedding! Oh how I treasure my days with Merri. RIP Rosebud, miss you already.

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