She was born Sept. 17, 1913, in Evergreen, Texas, to Rubin and Celia L.E. (Mullinax) Martin. As a young girl, she attended schools in both Evergreen and Baytown, Texas.
She and her husband, John E. Thomas, lived in Texas City and later Houston, where she worked as a grocery checker, clerk in a variety store, and until the age of 70 in a hardware store. Following retirement, she returned to Evergreen, then moved to Cleveland, Texas, before moving to Kansas 18 years ago to be near family.
She was a member of the Church of Christ in Evergreen and had attended the Friendship Friends Church near Hallowell. She enjoyed fishing, quilting, reading, playing board games and dominoes.
Survivors include a son, Johnny Thomas of Conroe, Texas; a daughter, Maye Orem of Oswego; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Thomas, in December 1972; six brothers; a sister; and two daughters.
Burial will be in Cleveland City Cemetery in Cleveland, Texas. Local arrangements are under the direction of Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont.