Obituary of Elizabeth Thomas
Elizabeth (Betty) Louise (Watkins) Thomas passed peacefully to join her Savior in heaven on November 13, 2017, in Palo Alto, California, at the age of 95. She was born July 31, 1922, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to Joanna and James Marshall Watkins. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Economics in 1943. She was married for 64 years to Clark Lee Thomas who predeceased her in 2012. They raised three daughters and welcomed many friends and missionaries in their home in Menlo Park for almost 50 years. She was active in Peninsula Bible Church, Menlo Presbyterian Church (Menlo Church), Bible Study Fellowship and other women’s ministries, where she was a beloved mentor and friend to many. She is survived by their three daughters, Ann (Jerry) Louise Thomas Powell, Robin (David) Lee Thomas Sweet and Carol (Don, dec.) Elizabeth Thomas Penrose. She adored her eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren, who will miss her very much and will treasure the many memories she and Clark created for them. The family appreciates the wonderful and loving caregivers provided by Canopy Home Care for almost a decade.
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on December 20, 2017, at Menlo Church, 950 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, California. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that donations be made in Betty’s honor to Schools for Justice (http://schoolsforjustice.org/donate) or Bangkok Christian Hospital (https://donate.globalministries.org/onlinegiving?donateTarget=The).