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Wynona Suzanne "MeMaw" Nelson Thomas
Birth: Feb. 11, 1935
Pittsburg County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Sep. 23, 2007
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA

Mother was born February 11, 1935 to Clarence Lee Nelson and Effie Ethel Heady Nelson in the now historical J.J. McAlister mansion, McAlister, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma.

Her brothers and sisters were Gordon Lee Nelson, Billy Andrew Nelson, Norma Faye Nelson Ashley,Hazel Ruth Nelson Davis, Joe "Little Brother" Evert Nelson, Anita "Frankie" Francis Nelson Webster, and Charles "Bud" H. Nelson.

Mother married my Daddy, Albert Standley Thomas, January 9, 1950 in Coolidge, Arizona. Mother and Daddy lived in the Houston, Texas and Boswell, Oklahoma area. However, most of their married lives they lived and raised their children in Hood County Texas; specifically, (since 1955) in Cresson, and the Acton/Fall Creek area.

Mother and Daddy had 5 children and 3 sons-in-love and one daughter-in-love: Carolyn Sue Thomas and husband Donny Sorensen; Sandra Gail Thomas and husband Robert Hudson; Janice Marie Thomas Misner; Stanley Eugene Thomas and wife Terry; Wynona Diane Thomas and husband Gary Swaim.

We gave them 15 Grandchildren: Ann Marie Grissom Dragoo, Geneveive Lynn Grissom Wilson, Robert Nathan Grissom; Brandi Lin Hudson Ridley, Brandon (Bo) Odell Hudson; James Albert Wann, Christopher Matthew Misner, Shahara Marie Misner Fowler, Lance Jacob Misner; Misty Michelle Thomas Matcham, Heather Renee Thomas Hutsell, Christy Beth Thomas, Victoria Lynn Thomas; Eric Thomas Swaim and Carey Don Swaim.

And finally, together they gave Mother 27 Great-Grandchildren: Joshua Caleb Wilson, Haley BreAnn Wilson and Sadie Juliette Dragoo. Jonathan Tyler Wilson, Ryan Bobby Wilson, and Wade Thomas Wilson. Nevin Bryon Ridley, Connor Odell Ridley; Kendall Breann Wann, Ryan Chase Wann, Caitlin Emmalee Wann; Micah Moses Misner, Malayna Nicole Misner, Wyatt Albert Swank Misner; William Trace Fowler; Dylan Wayne Jones, Colton Garrett Misner; Morgan Taylor Hutsell, Trevor Matthew Hutsell; twins, Grady Thomas & Allison Michelle Matcham (born 11-19-07); Bobby Gomez Swaim, Kimberley Jolly Swaim, Patience Swaim; Ashlyn Haley Rae Swaim, Hannah Mae Swaim, Braden Jackson Swaim.

She was a Christian, having accepted Christ as her Savior as a child.

Mother was the most wonderful cook ever! She loved reading her Bible, needle work and ceramics. But her greatest passion was her research into our family genealogy and researching her Cherokee Indian ancestry.

Funeral arrangements by Wiley Funeral Home, Granbury, Texas and Miller & Miller Funeral Home of Boswell, Oklahoma.

My cousin Dr. Dennis A. Wright lead us in Mother's Celebration of Life and we buried her near our grandparents Labin G. and Frances Mae Thomas in the Crowder Springs Cemetery.

The following poem was written by my daughter Annie Dragoo and read at Mother's funeral by my daughter Geneveive Wilson.

A Legacy

You've passed a special torch to your children,
A light of the Lord not of men,
A torch of faithfulness, hope and love,
A precious gift from our God above.

You've passed a passion to trust our Savior,
He is in control despite our behavior.
You've shown that His faithfulness never changes.
He is the same through all the ages.

You've passed knowledge of God's word,
And taught us that it's truth is our Sword.
You've taught us to listen to His sweet, sweet spirit,
And recognize His voice when we hear it.

We want to pass this to our children and their children to come.
We want to build for them a loving home.
So we'll take what we've learned from you,
And pass to them, your legacy true.

Your legacy of faithfulness, hope and love,
Will light our world through generations to come.

by Ann Wilson Dragoo

Amazing Grace in the Cherokee language was sang at my Mother's funeral.

Obit Published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas on 9/25/2007.

Wynona Suzanne Nelson Thomas, 72, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, in Fort Worth. Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Boswell, Okla. Interment: Crowder Springs Cemetery in Boswell. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury.

Obit Published September 25, 2007 in the Hood County News, Granbury, Texas, AND the Hugo Daily News, Hugo, Oklahoma. (with several typos)

Funeral services for Wynona Suzanne Nelson Thomas, 72, of Granbury are at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Boswell, Okla.

Burial will be in Crowder Springs Cemetery in Boswell, Okla.

She passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007 in Fort Worth.
Memorials may be made to American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society.

Mrs. Thomas was born Feb. 11, 1935, in McAllister, Okla., the daughter of Clarence and Effie Heady Nelson.
She married Albert Thomas, Jan. 11, 1950, in Arizona. She had lived in Granbury since 1955.

Preceding her in death were her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors are her husband, Albert Thomas of Granbury; son, Stanley Thomas and wife, Terry, of Boswell, Okla.; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Donnie Sorenson of Dobbin, Sandra and Bob Hudson of Granbury, Janice Misner of Aledo, Winona and Gary Swaim of Granbury; 15 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and a sister, Faye Ashley of Sawyer, Okla.

Funeral arrangements by Wiley Funeral Home of Granbury.

(Suzanne was my Mother) 
Family links: 
  Clarence Lee Nelson (1897 - 1948)
  Effie Ethel Heady Nelson (1906 - 1998)
  Albert Standley Thomas (1930 - 2013)*
  TEC5 Gordon Lee Nelson (1925 - 2005)*
  Billy Andrew Nelson (1927 - 1999)*
  Norma Faye Nelson Draper Ashley (1930 - 2012)*
  Wynona Suzanne Nelson Thomas (1935 - 2007)
  Hazel Ruth Nelson Davis (1937 - 1999)*
  Joe Evert Nelson (1939 - 1940)*
  Anita Frances Nelson Webster (1941 - 2005)*
  Charles "Bud" H. Nelson (1945 - 1998)*
*Calculated relationship
Crowder Springs Cemetery
Choctaw County
Oklahoma, USA
Created by: Carolyn Thomas Sorensen
Record added: Sep 25, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21754390
Wynona Suzanne MeMaw <i>Nelson</i> Thomas
Added by: Carolyn Thomas Sorensen
Wynona Suzanne MeMaw <i>Nelson</i> Thomas
Added by: Carolyn Thomas Sorensen
Wynona Suzanne MeMaw <i>Nelson</i> Thomas
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- Anita Bennich Penn
 Added: Dec. 29, 2016
"Remember me in my family tree; my name, my days, my strife; and I shall ride upon the Wings of Time, and live an endless life." Remembering this fellow genealogist...
- Veterans Researcher
 Added: Sep. 6, 2016
Happy Birthday, Mother! It's hard to believe you would have been 81 years old today and that you have been gone almost 9 years now. I think of you everyday & miss you very, very much! I love you dearly.
- Carolyn Thomas Sorensen
 Added: Feb. 11, 2016
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