ENOSBURG FALLS — Ethelyn E. Thomas, age 98, died peacefully on Aug. 23, 2014, at Brownway Residence in Enosburg Falls.
She was born on May 4, 1916 and was the daughter of Delbert and Bertha (Chappell) Guilmette.
She graduated from Enosburg Falls High School in 1935, and, on June 25, 1938, she married Keith L. Thomas, Sr. in St. John the Baptist Church in Enosburg Falls. Together, they made their home in Enosburg Falls. She was a Girl Scout co-leader and a member of the Ladies Village Improvement Society. She was employed as a bookkeeper at Union Carbide in St. Albans for 26 years, retiring in 1978. After retirement, she enjoyed spending winters in Indian Shores, Florida. She also enjoyed buying and selling antiques, sewing, knitting, and reading.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Keith L. Thomas Sr., her brother, George Guilmette, and her daughter, Priscilla (Thomas) Betz. She leaves behind her son, Keith Thomas Jr., and his wife, Francine Thomas, of Essex Junction; her grandchildren, Michelle Thomas of Burlington, Vt., Peter Thomas of Essex Junction, and Paul Betz, Jr. of St. Albans; her great-grandchildren, Gareth Thomas and Ewan Thomas of Essex Junction; and her niece, Carolyn Guilmette Moreau of Ilion, N.Y. She also leaves behind her special friends, Peggy Record, Rachel Nichols, and Bonnie Stowe.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff at Brownway Residence for their care and kindness during the time she spent there. The staff at Franklin County Home Health should also be recognized for the wonderful care provided to Ethelyn while she was at home and at Brownway.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 222 Missisquoi St., Enosburg Falls with Rev. Roger Charbonneau celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Enosburg Falls.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls, VT.
For those who wish, contributions in Ethelyn’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 0548 or to the Vermont Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI), 60 Kimball Ave., So. Burlington, VT 05403.
Messages of condolence may be sent to Ethelyn’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.