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Norma Jean Thomas

June 1, 1941 – September 1, 2019

Norma Jean Thomas, 78, of Eufaula, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019, at the St. Francis Hospital in Muskogee. She was born on June 1, 1941, in Crowder, Oklahoma, the daughter of Joseph and Minnie (Carter) Vail. She graduated from Crowder Public Schools in 1957.

Norma married Berry Lee Thomas on April 29, 1963. He preceded her in death in 1980.

She worked as a CNA, retiring from Eufaula Manor Nursing Home. She then worked as a housekeeper at the Friendly Manor.

Norma enjoyed puzzle books, crocheting and quilting. She was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors include: her daughters, Regina Lee Thomas of Eufaula, Okla., Shirley McGlassen of Highlands Ranch, Colo. and Jerri Thomas and husband, Tim Helzer of Ozark, Mo.; her sisters, Ima Jean Robertson and Bonnie Vail; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren with two on the way.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Berry; brothers: Homer, LD, Leo, Lenard, Coleman, Pete, Elmer and Eugene; sisters: Geniva, Inez, Iona, Ina Lee, Betty and Cory; her son, Mitchell Wayne Thomas and her fiancé, Bill Kuykendall.

A funeral service was held 2 p.m., Saturday, September 7, 2019, at the Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Ronnie Drake officiating.

Services were under the direction of Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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