TOPEKA — Norma Lee Thomas, Osage City, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. She was 88.
She was born Jan. 24, 1935, in Auburn, Neb., the daughter of Lee and Elma (Snyder) Armstrong. She grew up around Auburn, Neb., and following high school, graduated from Peru State College, Nebraska, with a degree in education.
Norma was united in marriage to Guilford William “Gil” Thomas June 30, 1962, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Auburn, Neb. To this union four children were born, Sarah, Donnita, Larry and Charles.
She had lived in and around Osage City for the last 55 years.
Norma was an elementary school teacher for over 25 years, retiring from the Marais des Cygnes Valley school district.
She was a member of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Osage City, where she had been a member of WELCA and had taught children’s Sunday school. She had also been a 4-H leader and had delivered Meals on Wheels for over 30 years.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Elma; her brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Katie Armstrong; and a brother-in-law, Vaughn Thompson.
She is survived by her husband, Gil, of over 60 years; her four children, Sarah Thomas and Donitta Thomas, both of Topeka, Larry Thomas, Emporia, and Charles Thomas (Kristi), San Antonio; her granddaughter, Angel Thomas, San Antonio; and a sister-in-law, Marjorie Thompson, Topeka.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Osage City. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be in the Nemaha Cemetery, Nemaha, Neb., following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451.
Condolences may be left at FeltnerFuneralHome.com.