Ludie Blessing Thomas, 91, of Cooter, Mo., died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Blytheville, Ark.
Daughter of the late Lille Beckett and Homer Blessing, she was a homemaker, a member of the Holly Grove Baptist Church, member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class and the Number Eight Support Club. She had worked at Blytheville Hospital, River Oaks Nursing Home and Day's Mens Store.
She married Marshall H. Thomas, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Myrle Thomas and Frankie Thomas Buus and four brothers, Howard, Alvin, Edward and Coy Blessing.
Survivors include four daughters, Maxine Johnson and Nina Tackett and husband, Terry, all of Blytheville; Shirley Johnson, of Cooter and Margie Hester and husband, Bery, of Steele, Mo.; two sons, Dr. Jerrell M. Thomas and wife, Vicki, of Los Altos Hills, Calif. and Kenneth B. Thomas and wife, Jennette, of Blytheville; brothers and sisters, Tommy, Mason and Clyde Blessing, Alta Johnson, Jonnie Coffey and Myrna Ferguson; 21 grandchildren, Billy, Mark and Scott Johnson, Cara Goff and Kelly Thomas, all of Blytheville, Neel Johnson and Leslie Hester, both of Memphis, Tenn., Beth McCutcheon and Kevin Hester, both of Steele, Dana Ford, of Jonesboro, Ark., Beverly Stellman, of Kikato, Minn., Cindy Wilson, of Limiru, Kenya, Africa, Tim Thomas, of San Jose, Calif., Terry Dabbs, of Yucaipa, Calif., Lisa DeSchane and Leigh Pinto, both of Pea Ridge, Ark., Joe Johnson, of Leland, Miss., Brian Lynn, of Baltimore, Md., Ginger Lynn, of Columbia, Mo., Chris Thomas, of Little Elk, Texas, and Jeremy Thomas, of Little Rock, Ark.; 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Holly Grove Baptist Church in Steele with the Rev. David Lewelling officiating.
Burial was in the Number Eight Cemetery near Cooter.
Pallbearers were the grandsons.
Bradshaw-Powell Funeral Home of Steele was in charge of arrangements.