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Evening Update


February 15, 2014

Dixie L. Eward Thomas

May 2, 1937 - Feb. 11, 2014

ALEXANDRIA — With heads and hearts bowed with grief, we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother, and sister, Dixie L. (Eward) Thomas.

Mom gently receded into heaven with her surviving children holding her hands; she was greeted there by her son, Larry Thomas; and her parents, Jack D. and June B. Eward. Mom passed away three months to the day after a “routine colonoscopy” went horribly wrong.

Mom always said he had “five beautiful children,” for that was what she raised and trained to be: wife and mother, as befits a woman coming of age in the 1950s. Though her marriage to the late Robert D. Thomas ended during the dawning days to no-fault divorce, she prided herself in being the best of mothers…just as she was raised and trained to be.

She worked briefly for the late Representative Julia Carson at the Center Township Trustees Office prior to Rep. Carson’s ascent into the U.S. Congress; she later worked for the Indiana State Department of Insurance. Finally, Mom was a life-long member of the Eastern Star, Irvington Chapter. However, for Mom, activities outside the home held little appeal; she sought, instead, to excel in her maternal role.

Mom is survived by four of her five beautiful children, Robert D. Thomas, of Alexandria, David L. Thomas and Diane K. Thomas, both of Indianapolis, and Anita M. Hill (William) of Indianapolis; by her grandsons, Chris and Austin Thomas of Greenfield; by her brother, Frank Eward (Betty), of Indianapolis; and by several cousins, nieces and nephews. Finally, she is survived by her best of friends, “Pretty Girl,” the wee mutt she adopted and cherished.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Shirley Brothers Irving Hill Chapel, 5377 E. Washington St., with funeral services Monday at 2 p.m.

Our hearts break, but we will walk on, for Mom’s indomitable will and strength she bequeaths to us.

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