Cleora May "Polly" Thomas

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cleora May "Polly" Thomas, 95, Nevada, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. Polly was born May 16, 1918, in Nevada, to Emery Lee Belcher and Pearl Edmonds Belcher Binns. She was united in marriage to Sterling Lemoin "Coolie" Thomas on Feb. 5, 1939, in Nevada, and he preceded her in death March 26, 1974.

Polly grew up in rural Vernon County on the family farm north of Nevada. She made many friends during her employment at Nellie Don, Kellwood Tent Factory, R-5 School District and Nevada State Hospital where she retired from on July 18, 1983. She was a lifetime honorary member of the Elks and a charter member of the Eagles. Polly enjoyed playing Bingo, trips to Vegas with friends and family, spending time with family on trips and vacations, camping at Stockton Lake and opening day at the State Fair. She was baptized at the Calvary Baptist Church early in her adult life.

Survivors include one daughter, Judy Kimzey and her husband, Bob, Nevada; one daughter-in-law, Sandy Thomas, Milo; six grandchildren, Odie Thomas, Milo, Bonnie McConnaughy and her husband, Dan, of Olathe, Rob Kimzey and his wife, Dianne, Oak Grove, Randy Kimzey and his wife, Kristie, of Bronaugh, Missy Wehmeyer and her husband, Devin, of Nevada, Eric Bachtal and his wife, Pat, of Snoqualmie, Wash.; 12 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Coolie, she was preceded in death by her parents; one stepfather; two sons, Gene Thomas and Jerry Lee Thomas; one sister, Betty Howery; and one brother, Bob Belcher.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, April 25, at Ferry Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Balltown Cemetery, in Horton, Mo. Family will receive friends Thursday, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Ferry Funeral Home, in Nevada.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Heartland Hospice in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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