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Virginia "Ginny" Thomas

July 23, 1929 May 27, 2021
Virginia "Ginny" Thomas
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Obituary for Virginia "Ginny" Thomas

Virginia “Ginny” Thomas transitioned from her life on Earth and joyfully passed through the gates of Heaven on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
Ginny was born in rural Fulton County, Illinois on July 23, 1929 to Thomas and Mildred Crabtree. She married Malcolm Alexander in Glasford, Illinois on January 21, 1951. Together they had 3 daughters, Alleen, Kathy, and Mary.
Ginny had many homes throughout her life, and even lived in Germany for a period of time while Malcolm was in the army. The family ultimately settled in Petersburg, Illinois, where she lived until 1993.
Ginny married the love of her life, Ernest “Ernie” Thomas on May 15, 1993. Ginny and Ernie had seven wonderful years together before he passed in 1999. They travelled throughout the United States and Europe, and they enjoyed entertaining friends and family at the house they built near Des Moines, Iowa, and especially enjoyed the square dances that they hosted at their home.
Ginny graduated from high school in Glasford, Illinois. She had many different jobs during her life. Her first job after high school was as a legal secretary in Peoria. She lived in a boarding house across from the Scottish Rite Cathedral, and loved to reminisce how she and her housemates would play pranks on each other and would go for long walks up to Grandview Drive on Sunday afternoons as a way to pass the time (no wonder she wore a size 2 during this period)! Ginny later worked as a secretary at First Presbyterian Church of Petersburg, a legal secretary at Knuppel, Grosboll, Becker and Tice; and as head of the customer service line for the Vehicle Services division of the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.
She was always a member of a church, wherever she lived. Most recently she belonged to First Federated Church in Peoria, where she served as a deacon for several years. In Petersburg she launched the Meals on Wheels program and a clothing closet for those who needed business clothes for their job searches.
Ginny had several personal achievements of which she was particularly proud: She lost 70 pounds while belonging to TOPS, she completed a 300 mile bicycle trip throughout central Illinois, she once drove a semi-truck, and she even flew an airplane to celebrate her 86th birthday!
She shared her life with many cats and dogs, most notably Tuffy, Pussywillow, and Tippy.
Ginny was a true “pioneer” woman. She grew and harvested all sorts of fruits and vegetables and canned, froze and pickled just about anything she could think of. She sewed many of her daughters’ clothes, patiently tolerated their music lessons, and encouraged them through many 4-H sewing and cooking projects, which sometimes were completed as late as midnight before the county fair. She supported them though secondary education and bragged about their careers to anyone who would listen.
Ginny’s greatest joy was spoiling her kids, grandkids and anyone else who would let her take care of them. She was famous for baking delicious bread and cookies and for serving dinners to friends and family. She rarely bought flour in any bag weighing less than 50-pounds. Once she baked bread for everyone she worked with at the Centennial Building in Springfield. Although there were “only” several hundred people, her family sometimes refers to it as the feeding of the 5000.
Ginny was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie, her parents, and her brother Allen Crabtree. She is survived by her sister, Wanda (Paul) Johnson of Farmington, Illinois; her daughters, Alleen (Bob) Stephens of South Bend, Indiana, Kathy Alexander (Tom Lauritson) of Normal, Illinois and Mary Corrigan (and her partner, David Henebry) of Peoria, Illinois; her step-children, whom she lovingly accepted as her own, Mary Ruth (Ray) Scheve of Clive, Iowa, Joel (Mary Lee) Thomas of Adel, Iowa, and David Thomas of Grimes, Iowa; her grandchildren Emily Stephens (Josh Oswold), Rick (Kim) Stephens, Keith (Allie) Stephens and Patrick Corrigan (Bre Mapston); her Thomas step-grandchildren, Jessica (Nick) Embree, Jacque (Kurt) Johnson, Chase Thomas, Shianne Thomas, Zoe Scheve, Tim Scheve, and Max Scheve, David’s daughter, Katherine Henebry, as well as many nieces, nephews, great grand-children, great-nieces, and great nephews.
We love you, Mom, and we always will. While we miss you like crazy, we know that you and Ernie are probably eating ice cream right now, and that you are cooking massive amounts of yummy food, including oatmeal banana chocolate chip cookies and homemade bread, in anticipation of an epic party in Heaven.
The family would like to thank all of the wonderful staff with Aging Care Management and OSF Hospice. These people truly are some of the angels among us, and we will be forever grateful for the compassionate and loving care you provided to our Mom. You approached her with love and humor and made her smile even when she wasn’t feeling well.
Visitation will be held at First Federated Church in Peoria, Illinois at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021, with her celebration of life service at 11:00 a.m. Cremation has been accorded. Her ashes will be interred at Lancaster Cemetery in Glasford, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Federated Church of Peoria, Illinois to be used for children’s ministries, and to Central Presbyterian Church, Petersburg, Illinois to be used for general programming.

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Visitation

Saturday

5

Jun

10:00 AM 6/5/2021 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 6/5/2021 11:00:00 AM
First Federated Church of Peoria

3601 N Sheridan Rd
Peoria, IL 61604

First Federated Church of Peoria
3601 N Sheridan Rd Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Service

Saturday

5

Jun

11:00 AM 6/5/2021 11:00:00 AM
First Federated Church of Peoria

3601 N Sheridan Rd
Peoria, IL 61604

First Federated Church of Peoria
3601 N Sheridan Rd Peoria 61604 IL
United States
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