July 26, 1953 – August 14, 2020
On July 26, 1953, a beautiful baby girl, Yolanda Bell Thomas, was born to Freddie Bell Jr. and Hulishous Dobbins Bell. Lulu, as she was later nicknamed, was the fifth of six children born to this family. Throughout her younger years, she frequently attended Rising Star Baptist Church. In 2006, she gave her life to Christ and became an honorary member of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church. She attended Lincoln and La Marque public schools until graduation from La Marque High School in 1972.
After graduation, she devoted 26 years to Conoco Phillips in Houston, TX as a Reproduction Specialist. In an effort to be more available for her family, she retired early and went on to work for American National Insurance Company in Galveston, TX. She had a passion for art. Some of her hobbies included drawing, writing in calligraphy, and collecting coins and stamps. She also had a collection of various antiques. On December 30, 1977, Yolanda was united in holy matrimony to Harry Thurman Thomas, Jr., of Trinity, TX. To this union four children were born. They were married for 24 years before God called him home. On Friday, August 14th, 2020, while in her home surrounded by her loving and dedicated family, God called Yolanda “Lulu” Bell Thomas, to rest in eternal peace.
She is preceded in death by her husband Harry Thurman Thomas, Jr., her parents Freddie and Hulishous Bell, sisters Sherry Lynn Dancer and Wanda Faye Bell, and a brother Timothy Wayne Bell. A devoted mother, sister, grandmother and aunt, Yolanda leaves to love and cherish her memories four children Thurman Dewayne Thomas, Sr., Talisa Janue` Thomas, Teresa Renee` Thomas and Tiahease Sonni Thomas, all of Texas City; sisters Janice Thomas (Jay) of Texas City and Thyra Mayeaux (Timothy) of Houston; a brother in law Bennie Dancer, of Texas City; 10 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Saturday, August 29, 2020
August 29, 2020
Thurman Thomas and family you all have our Heart felt and deepest condolences. We will be keeping your family in our prayers God Bless you all
August 28, 2020
Talisa and siblings,
The loss of a mother creates a void that cannot be filled by anyone. I pray that each of you find peace In knowing that God picked a Rose for for His garden and welcomed your Mother into paradise where there is no sorrow, weeping or pain! I am sending prayers today that God would touch you all with His healing hands and gives you strength and comfort to get through in the days ahead.
August 28, 2020
To the Thomas family, I send my deepest condolences. There are truly no words that could be said to provide the comfort you may need at this time. It was an honor to have met and known your Mother. I will hold onto the times I heard your mom laugh at our conversations or when she and I had our own personal and quiet moments together. Your mother had a beautiful spirit and was a true fighter.
I pray God will continue to give you all the strength that you need. May the Lord continue to bless you just as you were a blessing to your mom.
~Matthew 5: 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Just know the Lord is your comfort during this time.
August 27, 2020
Sending my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your mother. I am praying for your strength during this difficult time.
August 25, 2020
Sending my condolences to Thurman Thomas and family. Praying that you all will find comfort and peace in this difficult time 🙏
Mildred Hightower Jones
August 24, 2020
It’s always a sad day when someone I know has transitioned to that special place in Heaven. I’ve heard when you get there, there will be no more sadness and no more pain. My old classmate, Yolanda “LuLu “ Bell you will be missed from this place called Earth. And one day we’ll be there too to experience that same transition. Condolences to your family and friends. They will really miss you more than anyone. You will be in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rest peacefully Yolanda “LuLu “ Bell Thomas. Praying for your family in this time of mourning. Bless you 💐!!!
August 23, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to Thurm and the Thomas family. Trust God to see you guys through.....
Brian Perkins Sr.
August 23, 2020
My condolences to you and your family. I will keep you and the family In my prayers.
August 23, 2020
My family is praying for your family Classmate Thurman Thomas.
August 22, 2020
Exstended prayers and heartfelt condolences to the Family of Yolanda Bell/Thomas. Rejoice in knowing after death there is life. May God give each of u strength during this time of grief.
August 22, 2020
To everything there is A season. I extend to You The Bell/Thompson Family,my heartfelt condolences. Knowing the All Wise God never makes a mistake. Yolanda has gone to a land of no more. All pain and sufering has ended. I will continue to keep your family in prayer.
“Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. She was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around her and always thinking before acting. She was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything she did. She was a friendly person who truly cared about those around her.
Yolanda was born on July 26, 1953 at Mainland Center Hospital in Texas City, Texas. She was the daughter of Freddie and Hulishous Bell. Raised in Texas City, Texas, she was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, she learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that she would carry with her throughout her life.
As a young girl, Yolanda was always aware of how others around her felt and this quality served her well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Yolanda was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Yolanda was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where she could concentrate, Yolanda also had the ability to relate well with her family and friends. Yolanda was raised with five siblings. She had three older sisters, Sherry, Janice and, Wanda; a brother, Timothy; and a younger sister, Thyra. Yolanda was constantly involved in activities with her family. Yolanda and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.
Growing up, Yolanda was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. She was content to entertain herself. Yolanda was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, she was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything she did as a child, Yolanda was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around her. Yolanda took part in a number of activities as a child. She enjoyed playing softball with siblings. She was a member of Future Homemakers of America (FHA), Home Economics Cooperative Education (HECE), and Early Childhood Development. In her spare time she liked drawing, sewing, playing cards/dominoes, and anything crafty.
Yolanda enjoyed learning. She always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Yolanda was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. She often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, Yolanda was painstaking and accurate in her efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. She graduated from Lincoln and La Marque High School in 1972. Yolanda enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was homemaking. The teachers she enjoyed learning from the most were Mr. Carr in math and Mrs. Gary in homemaking.
Most folks would say that Yolanda was shy until they got to know her. Those who were privileged to know her well learned that she was a solid, good friend. Yolanda was reluctant to generalize about people, and she based her friendships on her personal experiences. Because of this, Yolanda best trusted those people that she truly knew. She was concerned about how those around her felt, and she always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. She could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that she made, Yolanda kept. While growing up, some of her best friends were Patricia Robinson, Janice Oliver, Lena Singleton and Lena Berotte. Later in life, she became friends with Gudrun Cokins, Anna Rideaux, Barbara Baines, and Denise Temple.
Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Yolanda. On December 30, 1977, Yolanda married Harry Thurman "H.T." Thomas, Jr. at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, James & Marcenia Thomas of Texas City, Texas. She was totally committed to Harry and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Yolanda naturally sensed her spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Yolanda disliked conflict, she did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.
Yolanda was a good mother to her children. She had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because she trusted emotions, Yolanda was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way she seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around her, always thinking before acting. In addition, Yolanda was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around her might be, she seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Yolanda was blessed with four children: one son, Thurman Sr., and three daughters, Talisa, Teresa and Tiahease. She was also blessed with ten grandchildren, Thurman, Tyannah, Tamia, Talya, Jada, Trinity, Kayla, Tristan, Kiara, and Khloe.
If you gave Yolanda a deadline, she would meet it. At work, Yolanda was always on task. Without hesitation, Yolanda could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. Her primary occupation was a Reproduction Specialist. She was employed for Conoco for over 20 years and then went on to work for American National Insurance Company. During that time, Yolanda excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. She was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Yolanda was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Yolanda had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. She was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.
Yolanda liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Yolanda's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Yolanda preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were collecting antiques, collecting stamps, sewing, drawing and gardening. Yolanda was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying her hobbies all by herself and could often be found just reading about her favorite pastimes.
While thorough and measured in her approach to things, Yolanda often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. She was like that with sports. Recreational sports included a family game of softball. She also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind the sports. In this way, she was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were football, girls basketball, volleyball, and softball.
Due to her excellent organizational skills, Yolanda was a welcome addition to the professional and community organizations to which she belonged. Yolanda could bring established, successful methods to the discussion table, along with a generous helping of common sense. Yolanda was good at making and keeping schedules and never got bogged down in unnecessary details. In high school, Yolanda was a member of the Future Homemakers of America (FHA), Child Development & Home Economics Cooperative Education (HECE). Throughout her later years, Yolanda was a dedicated parent for Peer Assistance Leadership (PAL) and Project Graduation to three of her four children.
Yolanda was active in the community. She was practical and grounded and based her decisions on first hand experience. She was responsible and liked working to achieve results rather than just chattering about possibilities. Yolanda was a member of several community groups. She was an avid Mary Kay Consultant.
An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, her faith was important to Yolanda. Her compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in her personal beliefs. She was an honorary member of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church for 14 years.
Doing things to help others seemed to come naturally to Yolanda. She never set out to gain individual recognition, but the praise and accolades given her for her many and varied efforts throughout her life were well deserved. Some of her most prestigious awards included receiving a Perfect Attendance Award & Dedication Award for over 22 years of service to Conoco.
Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Yolanda had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that she was the trip planner. She would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included taking trips to San Antonio, Texas to enjoy a fun-filled day at Fiesta Texas Theme Park and The Riverwalk; traveling with friends to enjoy the nightlife in Las Vegas, Nevada and short ventures to the casinos with siblings in Kinder, Louisiana.
Yolanda had a favorite pet Toy Poodle named Fifi, who was her best friend for five years. Her family was rounded out by her 2 Chows named Picha and Dioblo. Yolanda was as loyal to her pets as they were to her.
She had taken the time to learn about her various options and chose her course wisely. In retirement, she found new pleasure in spending time with her family and caring for her ill husband. Even in retirement, Yolanda continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered her.
Yolanda passed away on August 14, 2020 at her own home. Yolanda was the true definition of a fighter, battling the residuals of numerous cerebral infarctions for over 19 years. She is survived by her children Thurman, Talisa, Teresa and Tiahease Thomas; her sisters Janice Thomas and Thyra Mayeaux; 10 grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Services were held at Mainland Funeral Home in LaMarque, Texas. Yolanda was laid to rest in Mainland Cemetery in Hitchcock, Texas.
It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Yolanda was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Yolanda was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of woman to whom everyone was drawn. She was thorough and practical. Yolanda Thomas was very literal with her words. You always knew where you stood with Yolanda. She will be missed.