Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Roma L. Thomas (June 7, 2015)

Roma L. Thomas, 81, of Greenville, was securely held by Jesus and taken to her heavenly home on Sunday afternoon, 4:30 PM, June 7, 2015.

Roma Louise was born March 23, 1934 in Greenville to William and Mary (Ross) Delk.

On June 1, 1952 she wed Joe A. Hicks. Sharing fifty-five years of married life he preceded her in death September 1, 2007. Survived by her children Roma was a loving mother of five; Deb Eley (John Hickey) of Natick, MA, Terri (Mike) Wallen of Hilliard, Elaine (Jeff) Tomski of Killbuck, Brian (Robyn) Hicks of Arcanum and Pam (Frank) Hueske of Hanover, PA. She was an affectionate grandma of eight; Andy (Christine) Wallen, Niki (Mike) Rees, Adam Tomski, Lauren (Ryan) Giffin, Amanda (Seth) Koontz, Sarah (Josh) Murray, Ashley (Jason) Barna, and Luke Hueske. How happy Roma was to welcome seven great-grandchildren; Connor and Brady Wallen, Joselyn Rees, Cameron and Bennett Giffin, Gage Koontz and only recently little Cora Murray. In addition, Roma was blessed to be part of a second family when she married Jervis E. Thomas on May 29, 2010. Besides her husband of five good years Roma’s Thomas family survivors include; Lucille Thomas, Brian Thomas and Ann Miller, Beth and Mark Thompson, Nikki Michael and Kelsey Thomas, Ashley (Zach) Fleming, Jacob Montgomery, Xander, Alayna, Micah and Ryleigh Fleming, Robert and Samuel Montgomery. Also surviving are Roma’s brother Larry (Marilyn) Delk of Greenville and numerous cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends old and new whom she adored.

Roma loved God and every single person he placed in her life. Some of her favorite things to do were gardening, cooking and chatting with others. She was famous for her inklings. Roma shared her gift of music as church organist for over fifty years beginning at Caylor Chapel EUB Church and finishing at New Madison United Methodist Church. Roma enjoyed singing in the choir, in the car and with her children in farm fields. She shared her knowledge of piano with many piano students and her many talents with 4-H kids serving as advisor for twenty-four years. Roma drove a bus for Tri-Village Local Schools as well as the Brethren Retirement Community. She also worked as teller at Second National Bank. Finally, Roma treasured her Greenville. Best said Roma had a big heart.

Many thanks to each one who prayed, sent an encouragement, visited or helped in any way as Roma courageously battled Lymphoma.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday June 11, 2015 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Carol Duffield officiating. Burial will follow in the Miami Memorial Park Cemetery Covington, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Wednesday June 10, 2015 from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and on Thursday 1 hour prior to the services in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to New Madison UMC, PO Box 182, New Madison, Ohio; State of Heart Hospice, 1350 N Broadway St., Greenville, Ohio; or BRC Resident Aid Fund, Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut St., Greenville, Ohio.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com