February 12, 1925 - May 16, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11 A.M. Jerusalem Second Baptist Chruch
5-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Jerusalem Second Baptist Church
Arsel Mae Thomas, 89, of Urbana, went to be with the Lord Friday, May 16, 2014 in Mercy McAuley Center, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on February 12, 1925 in North Lewisburg, the daughter of Arthur Britton and Alta Mae (McGinnis) Newsome.
Arsel was a 1943 graduate of Bellefontaine High School. She was a member of Jerusalem Second Baptist Church, where she was active in the Missionary Society and at one time served as the church secretary. In years past, Arsel was active in the Urbana PTA, Church Women United and also belonged to a knitting club. She enjoyed visiting and sending cards to friends in care facilities and was known for her apple dumplings. Arsel loved to read and spend time with family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, John Newman Thomas; her daughters, Mary Michelle (Herb) Porter of Urbana and Gayle Marie (Steve) Artis of Urbana; her son, John Arthur (Karen) Thomas of Westerville; her 11 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; her sister Mary Louise Simmons of Dayton; brother-in-law, Herb Thomas of Urbana; sister-in-law, Clementine Williams of Maryland; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Arsel is preceded in death by her parents and her grandmother, Jesse McGinnis.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in the Jerusalem Second Baptist Church, Urbana. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the church with Rev. Michael Freeman officiating. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Oak Dale Cemetery, Urbana.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Jerusalem Second Baptist Church, 1036 S. High St., Urbana, OH 43078. Services are entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com
We are all saddened by her passing, but I have warm, loving and perpetual memories of our reunions and summer family events over the many decades and the care with which Aunt Arsel and her Husband raised their wonderful children. I love you Family. I’m living in St. Thomas, V.I., but comint to Columbus for graduations this weekend. I know members of my immediate family will attend the event and to renew the relationships among those of us who continue the journey.
I will always remember your Mother as the sweetest person in the world. I can still see her sewing the skirts and blouses she made for Carolyn and I, for a school program or watching fixing lunch for your dad. I loved her laugh, while attending the Knitting Club at our house. Each of you are in my prayers.
My deepest sympathy and prayers to the immediate family and relatives. Michael and Rebecca Gomes