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Yvonne Jeanette Thomas


To be announced at a later date


Yvonne Jeanette Thomas , 82, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away, Friday, April 9, 2021, at Brookdale Senior Living.

Born Thursday, December 1, 1938 in Jenners, PA, she was the daughter of the late Merle Edward Shirey Sr. and the late Orphabell (Shaffer) Shirey.

Raised in Jennerstown, PA, she played trumpet and was a majorette in the band at Boswell Joint High School. There she served as President of the school's Honor Society. She later graduated from Indiana State Teachers College of PA, with a major in Home Economics, Yvonne later earned her MS degree from Hood College in Frederick, MD.
After college she married William E. Thomas from Holsopple, PA; a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, together they traveled the world as he served in the military and she taught where ever they landed. She started her teaching career in Bristol, PA then onto Hawaii, Okinawa, Japan and Pensacola, FL. Later her husband left the military and joined United Airlines and they started a family in Crystal Lake, IL where their first son, Scott was born. Soon they moved to Burkettsville, then Boonsboro, MD where they built a home and their second son Matthew was born, later daughter Elba joined the family as an exchange student from Mexico, along with a few other individuals who needed some housing assistance.

Yvonne taught at Workman Junior High School in Pensacola, FL, Heritage Academy, Broadfording Christian Academy, and taught middle school throughout Washington County, finally ending her career at Springfield Middle, where kids knew her as the cooking teacher who taught latch-key kids process for simple microwave meals.
She was a very industrious individual, making everything from home and from scratch. Always devoted to her church, whether at Hagerstown Grace Brethren or TriState Fellowship. Serving in various capacities through the years as Deaconess, Sunday School Teacher, VBS Teacher/ Director, where she wrote and drew material for Kindergarten through 8th grade. She also was involved in mission committees, visitation groups, church holiday decorating. 
Along with her husband they were the World Team Missions- Assistant Team Coordinators for Kazakhstan. Yvonne also served on numerous boards including Cedar Ridge Ministries for 10 years, President of the Womens Commission of Hagerstown, President of the Gideon's Society Womens Auxiliary, Washington County Museum Singer Society, AAUW where she also served as President and helped with the book sale, TriState Missions Committee and the local chapter of the DAR. She also was a substitute teacher for twelve years in Foley, AL and Washington County, MD.

She is survived by her husband 59 and 1/2 years William Edward Thomas; two sons, Scott Forrest Thomas of Hagerstown, MD and Matthew David Thomas and wife Monica of Fountain, CO; daughter, Elba Gloria Lopez de Loya of Mexico City; brother, Merle Edward Shirey, II of Ocean Pines, HI; five grandchildren, Sarah Thomas of Denver, CO, Shannon Thomas of Denver, CO, Matthew David Thomas, Jr. of Fountain, CO, Graycee Thomas of Fountain, CO and Michael Thomas of Fountain, CO; .

A memorial service at Tri-State Fellowship, Hagerstown, MD, will held in the near future.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Cedar Ridge Ministries 12146 Cedar Ridge Road, Williamsport, MD 21795 or to, Tri-State Fellowship Missions, 13153 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown, MD, 21740.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD.

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To Bill, Scott, Matt and families: Words cannot fully express who Yvonne was. She certainly was an instrument used by her Lord in a way that no other person could have been used. I will always remember her and seek to learn more and more about who she was; and still is. Only eternity will tell all that God used her to accomplish in her journey through life. She is and will continue to be greatly missed.

Denver Murray
Hagerstown, Maryland

Dear Family of Mrs. Thomas: I really enjoyed being a student of Mrs. Yvonne Thomas at Bristol Jr. Sr. High School (Pennsylvania). She was a wonderful lady & I know you all shall miss her. Rest in peace. Love, Jo-Anne M. Wilson (nee' Kohlhaas - BHS Class of 1964)

JoAnne Margaret Wilson
Roebling, NJ

Mrs. Thomas was my homeroom teacher and home-economics teacher at Hancock. She was always cheerful, sweet, and encouraging. I would run into her through the years at the AAUW book sale. It was always a pleasure to talk with her. Mrs. Thomas was a wonderful Christian woman and a great example to her students.

Hagerstown, MD

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill and family. I was the flower girl in Bill and Yvonne's wedding. My mother, Elaine Mason), and she were cousins. May god bless you all at this sad time. She was greeted by my mother and Aunt Orphabell with open arms as she entered the gates. We will miss your yearly Christmas cards. Rest in Peace. Joani and Les Holsopple and family

Joani M. (Mason) Holsopple
Hollsopple, Pennsylvania

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