[Cloud USA announcement] Mrs. Betty Jo Thomas

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Mrs. Betty Jo Trotter Thomas

Dearest Clouds,

It is with sadness and a broken heart that I let you all know that two days ago on October 5, this past Wednesday evening, Terri’s mother passed away after a sudden illness.

From the very beginning of my and Terri’s 22-year journey as best friends, Miss Betty’s nurturing spirit affected my life in many ways. She might have been quiet and soft-spoken, and positively dwarfed by the huge, long white car that she wheeled around like a boss back then (haha ❤ ), but the strength of her character and devotion to her family were larger than life to me. That Southern hospitality you’ve always heard about in Atlanta? Miss Betty was the epitome of that. When you visited her home, her welcome warmed you, her conversation encouraged you, and you didn’t leave hungry or thirsty, that’s for sure.

bthomas13She was a true Southern lady.

When it came to her family, she was an Energizer Bunny, a tireless protector and advocate. Her kindness was definitely not weakness. And even though we shared not one drop of blood between us, she treated me like a second daughter, as if I were her precious Terri’s sister, and I loved that, especially after losing my own mom.

Things I’m going to miss about Miss Betty… her sweet voice and infectious laugh, how loving she was with my little grandson, the firsthand health advice she would give me when I needed it, talking about her progress on her family Genealogy project, talking about things Rain, and not being able to walk into the house without her feeding me.

bthomas2Miss Betty was a devoted educator of children and longtime resident of Mableton, Georgia. Teaching was her calling and she worked in the Cobb County school system for over 30 years in a variety of positions at the middle school level. She was also a passionate advocate for the deaf and hearing impaired and, along with other parents, helped to achieve the mainstreaming of the first deaf children into the Cobb County public education system.

At the time of her passing, she’d been married to Bobby G. Thomas, the love of her life, for 59+ years, and nurtured a daughter (Terri), two sons (Robert and Tim), and five grandsons. She enjoyed gardening, researching her family’s genealogy, writing, art, computers, and singing in the Mount Harmony Baptist Church choir. She will be sorely missed by her friends, family, and all who knew her.

Many lives are going to be emptier without her in them.

I miss you already, Miss Betty. Thank you for everything. And thank you for having our Terri. ❤

Please join me in supporting Terri and the rest of her family during the trying days to come.

Thanks everyone,

Stephe ^@@^

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All services for Mrs. Betty Thomas will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at the Davis-Struempf Funeral Home, 1975 East-West Connector, Austell, GA 30106.  The public is welcome to join the family for visitation at 2:00 PM, or for her memorial service at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your own favorite charitable organization, or one of Betty’s favorites below:

Mount Harmony Baptist Church, 561 Veterans Memorial Hwy SE, Mableton, GA 30126

The American Cancer Society, 250 Williams St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

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~ by Cloud USA on October 7, 2016.

38 Responses to “[Cloud USA announcement] Mrs. Betty Jo Thomas”

  1. I am so sorry for you loss, my condolences to you and your family. **hugs** God Bless

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  2. I am so sorry to hear this. My condolences to you, Terri and your family.

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  3. Dear Terri and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I’m sure that all the memories you shared with her will be of some comfort during this sad time.
    With my deepest sympathy,
    Jeanie

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  4. I am sorry for your loss but I also see you were blessed while you had her. Hugs and kisses and good thoughts sent your way

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    • Hi, Dot. Yes, the whole family was blessed by her presence. She was a quiet, gentle soul. Never asked much of anyone and yet gave everything of herself to everyone. If I can manage to become even half like her I will have done well.

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Terri :-}

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  5. My dearest condolences Terri, to you and your family 😔

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  6. Mrs. Betty J. Thomas will be missed by her loved ones. I will miss her comments on your posts. Gone too soon. To Terri, please keep in mind that we love you and our thoughts are with you during this sad time.

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  7. Terri, I am so, so sorry for your loss. I have been where you are and I truly understand the pain you are in. With time, it will get easier and as always my thoughts and my prayers are with you and your family at this time of bereavement. It is my belief that God is in control and if we trust and lean on Him, it will get better.

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  8. Stephe please hug Terri for me. My deepest sympathy to both of you.Please know that I will include you in my prayers.Take care and Love you both

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  9. My condolences to you and to Terri. I’ve lost two family members this year so pleas know that I share some of your grief with you. She’s still with you in your hearts. All that she taught and shared is a part of you and will show its self through out your lives. RIP Ms Thomas and welcome home.

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    • Hi, Claudette.

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m so sorry to hear that you have lost two family members this year. My condolences to you as well. I know others have also lost loved ones, so it has been a rough year for many of us. I will certainly try to do my mom proud.

      Terri :-}

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  10. De tout mon cœur je suis avec vous Terri et Stephe . Reposez en paix , Betty!

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  11. J’ai pleurée en voyant ce message , je suis très triste pour Terri , Mon coeur est avec elle .
    Mes condoléances à toutes la famille .

    Bisous de France

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    • Oh, Lydie. S’il vous plaît ne soyez pas triste. Je crois vraiment qu’elle est dans un meilleur endroit.

      Merci beaucoup de tes mots gentils et bisous de Les États-Unis.

      Terri :-}

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  12. So sorry to hear this. Good that you all can remember her as such an amazing woman and she’ll stay in your hearts forever…

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  13. R.I.P. I am sending you my prayers and support.

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  14. I am so very, very saddened by this news ~ what an amazing woman, wife and mother! God Bless and Keep All of You in Your Loss🙏🏼

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  15. My apologies it should say Mrs. Betty not Ms. Betty. I see a lot of resemblance between Terri and her mom in the pictures. As you look at her one can tell she is exactly as you described her. God Bless everyone!

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    • No apologies necessary, Maria! Mrs. Betty or Ms. Betty or Miss Betty — it doesn’t matter. You’re referring to the same wonderful lady either way, so it’s all good. 🙂

      You’re right — there is a big resemblance between the two. You should see Ms. Betty’s young pics! 🙂

      Stephe ^@@^

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    • Hi, Maria.

      Thank you for your kind words. (And yes, I’ve been told many times that I look strikingly like my mom in her younger years.)

      Terri :-}

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  16. May Ms Betty rest in peace. Thank you for letting us get to know her. Thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

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  17. words can never ease the pain of much a loss, but being surrounded by those who loved her and you,will guide you through. Terri my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. she is not gone just is a better place to continue love and watch over you all.

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  18. Terri,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family. She sounds like an amazing and beautiful person. May you find comfort knowing what a blessing she was to those who knew her. I know your heart is broken now, but I pray you find peace with all the loving memories you have of Miss Betty.
    God Bless.
    Liz

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  19. I’m so sorry to hear this. Know that she is in a better place and feels no pain. I pray that God will bless and keep Terri, her family and friends in your time of grief.

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