ANDERSON — Mary L (Quarles) Thomas, 86, after a long illness, is now with the Heavenly Angels and singing God’s praises. She passed away on Dec. 1, 2013, at the Heartland Florida Hospital, Sebring, Fla.
She was the middle child of five brothers and sisters born to John and Kate Quarles on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1926, in Elwood, Indiana, and graduated from Wendell Willkie High School in 1944. She was an original “Rosie the Riveter” working at Guide Lamp Division of General Motors until retiring in 1978. Mary and her husband, Tommy, then moved to Lake Placid, Fla., to enjoy their retirement years.
Mary shared her love of God and Christian beliefs through the churches and organizations in which she actively participated throughout her life. Mary’s last church was Pendleton First United Methodist Church where she continued to share God’s love.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Dr. Linda (Chuck) Runyon and Kathy Barber; granddaughters, Andi (Scott) Canaday, Pennylane (Augustine) Lara, Kelcy Scott, Brandy (Dustin) Cabe and Tara Barber; great-grandchildren, Tyler Runyon, Alex and Adam Canaday, Sebastian and Christian Lara, Carter and Caden Scott and Victoria Cabe; brothers, Donald (Kathy) Quarles and Merrill (Mara-Le) Quarles; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Thomas C. Thomas Jr.; son-in-law, Dennis Barber; parents, John and Kate (Horner) Quarles; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis (Quarles) and Jesse Budd; and brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Wilma Jean (Ryan) Quarles.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory, 200 W. 53rd St., Anderson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pendleton First United Methodist Church, 225 W. State St., Pendleton, with visitation one hour prior to the service.
She will be laid to rest beside her husband at Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery; she may now rest in peace knowing that her work here on earth is done.
Mary will forever be remembered for her strong faith and love of family. We will miss her greatly, but we know she is spending eternity with Christ our Lord.
Memorial contributions may be made to South Madison Community Foundation.
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