Dicie Ann Harding Thomas © Cheyenne Star 10 Jun 1926 Submitted by: Wanda Purcell
Mrs. D. T. Thomas died at Weatherford, Oklahoma June 10, 1926.
She was the mother of J. W. Thomas and Mrs. G. A. Watson of near Durham and for many years resided at Durham, she with her husband, having homesteaded near there in an early day.
Dicie Ann Harding was born June 19th, 1850, in Jonesboro, Tennessee where she was reared until in her youth when she became a resident of Virginia, and soon was united in marriage to David Taylor Thomas at Berks Garden, Virginia on October 4th, 1866.
To this union were born twelve children, one passing away in infancy, and the other, Mrs. Homer Kees, about six years ago.
Those who survive her are John V. Thomas of Milligan, Tennessee; J. W. of Durham, Oklahoma; Birdie, Mrs. W. C. Tomlinson of Weatherford, Oklahoma; S. S. of Pampa, Texas; Edna, Mrs. G. A. Watson of Durham, Oklahoma; Haynes of Weatherford, Oklahoma; Charles L. of Pampa, Texas; Letitia, Mrs. Fred Gantz of Pampa, Texas; Miss Josie Thomas of Shattuck, Oklahoma; and Elbert of Pampa, Texas; and many grandchildren.
They made their home in Aer County, Nebraska during the early pioneer days, their home being the first shingle roof house to be built. It was during these pioneer days at Cowles, Nebraska that Mrs. Thomas became a Christian and united with the Christian Church.
After a residence of about nine years, the family returned to Virginia and again in 1897 turned to the west seeking a new home in that part of Oklahoma then known as the Indian Territory. In 1900 they located at Durham, Oklahoma. Thus has the family been known in western Oklahoma and the Panhandle of Texas.
About twenty-four years ago, Mrs. Thomas became physically affected and for the past fifteen years has been entirely dependent upon those with whom she made her home for personal care. Since Christmas she has been with her daughter, Mrs. Tomlinson in Weatherford, Oklahoma and it was about six weeks ago that all were called to her bedside, but she rallied for awhile, and then became speechless about four weeks ago, and gradually weakened until passing into unconsciousness last Wednesday. She slipped from her earthly habiation without pain Thursday night, June 10th, 1926 at 10:10 o'clock.
She was preceded in death by her husband about nine years ago.
In addition to the children and grandchildren who are left to mourn her passing are hosts of friends where she has been known throughout life.
The remains were brought to Pampa Saturday morning and taken to the home of Mrs. Fred Gantz.
The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the Christian Church conducted by Rev. James Todd Jr., minister, assisted by Rev. George A. Watson of Durham. Burial took place in Fairview Cemetery, Pampa.
The choir sang, "Abide With Me", and "Saved by Grace".
The pall bearers were Will Suthers, George Suthers, R. E. Kinzer, Will Kinzer, V. B. Cecil and W. A. Taylor.
The love of her children and her friends was expressed in the beautiful flowers that more than covered her grave.
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