Hillside Funeral Home West

2929 West 13th Street North, Wichita, KS


Mary "Rita" Thomas

August 11, 1933May 20, 2020

Thomas, Mary "Rita", 86, of Wichita, Kansas passed away on Wednesday May 20, 2020 in Wichita. Rita was born on August 11, 1933 in West Allis, Wisconsin. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her husband; Jack, mother; Kathleen Phillips. Survivors include her children; Jay (Debbie) Thomas of Edmond, OK, David Thomas of Wichita, Theresa (Roger) Riley of Lebo, Kansas, Karen (Ron) Gabbert of Bel Aire, Kansas. brother; John (Shirley) Ryland of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was a member of St. Patrick Parish in Wichita. She was a blue ribbon quilter and member of Prairie Quilt Guild. Rita was actively involved in her Catholic faith through volunteer work at Villa Maria in Mulvane, St. Michael Parish in Mulvane and St. Patrick in Wichita. Mass service will be 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday May 26, 2020 at St. Patrick Catholic Church , 2007 N. Arkansas, Wichita, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church.


  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

  • Entombment

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020


Mary "Rita" Thomas

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Ida French

May 23, 2020

An outstanding woman with a beautiful spirit. My healing thoughts and love go out to my friends, her family and to Rita's friends. May her memory live on for generations and never be forgotten.

Godspeed, Rita.

Craig White

May 23, 2020

Rita and Jack Thomas and their four children lived across the street from us in Mulvane. Rita's wonderful smile lit up the whole neighborhood. She was cheerful and uplifting. Her children remain lifelong friends of mine. Similar to their mother, being in their presence is an uplifting experience for me. Craig

Shelley Herrman

May 22, 2020

Karen, Ron and Family
My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you!
She will be forever missed but forever in your hearts! Love you!

Trudy Carpenter

May 22, 2020

Rita was a dear friend , member of the Prairie Quilt Guild, Needle Nannies quilt bee and a wonderful mentor to all who knew her. Her hand quilting was beyond compare. I treasure those she quilted for me
We enjoyed trips to the zoo and chats on the phone.
She and Jack are fondly remembered.
God’s Blessings on her family. Thank you for lending her for a time.

Becky & Steve Wallace

May 22, 2020

Dear Karen, Steve and I send our love and condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. I am glad you are able to find some comfort in knowing that your mom is with your dad and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Becky & Steve Wallace

Brenda Bobbitt Lord

May 21, 2020

Karen so sorry for the loss of your Mom. Prayers at this time and so for David and Jay. Love Brenda

Jill Cox

May 21, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sorry for your loss.

Joe Burnette

May 21, 2020

I had not met Mary but David is a dear friend and bowling buddy. I express deepest sympathy and extend prayer support for David and the entire family.

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