Created on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Vera Arretta Thomas, 87, of Bellefontaine, formerly of Sun City West, Ariz., passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima.
She was born to the late Charles Adam and Fredah Irene Jacobs Thomas on May 21, 1925, near Cheshire, at the home of her grandparents, the late Willie and Zella Boice Jacobs. She also was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Elizabeth Darnell.
She is survived by a daughter, Vickie (Bob) Hill of Bellefontaine; two grandchildren, Kevin (Jane) Hill of Eagle Lake, Fla., and Kimberly (Joe) Heater of Bellefontaine; six great-grandchildren, Matthew and Kara Hill and Ashleigh, Mackenzie, Isabelle and Brandon Heater; a nephew, Tom (Peggy) Darnell of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and a great-nephew, Eric (Laura) Darnell of Louisville, Ky.
A 1942 graduate of Cheshire High School in Gallia County, she worked at the Holzer Medical Center as a nurse for more than 20 years and retired in the early 1980s.
In 1994, she sold her home near Cheshire and moved with her daughter and son-in-law to Sun City West, Ariz. There, she made many friends, was a member of several clubs in the community and went on several trips with other seniors. She loved to travel and never met a stranger.
After moving back to Ohio with her daughter and son-in-law, she joined the Logan County Friendly Senior Center and took a two-week bus/train trip to Chicago, Texas, California, Washington and across the northern states back to Chicago.
Known for her competitive spirit, she enjoyed playing softball in her younger years and more recently bocce ball and mini-golf.
She was a member of the Old Kyger Freewill Baptist Church in Cheshire and the Calvary Baptist Church in Bellefontaine.
Vera was very proud of her heritage, especially The Roush (Rausch) & Allied Families Association of America Inc. and First Families of Gallia County.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where Pastor Jeffory Willetts officiates a funeral at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial is in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Gallia County, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Friendly Senior Center, 934 S. Main St., Bellefontaine 43311; or to the Old Kyger Freewill Baptist Church, 540 Roush Lane, Cheshire 45620.
Express condolences at www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.