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Mildred Esther Thomas

January 2, 1928 November 15, 2018
Mildred Esther Thomas
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Obituary for Mildred Esther Thomas

Mildred Esther Thomas, passed away November 15, 2018 at home in McMinnville, Oregon. She was 90 years old.
A memorial service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints on Baker Creek Rd. at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2018.
She will be interred at the Taylor Lane Cemetery in Cottage Grove, Oregon on November 25, 2018.

Esther was born to Ralph Brown and Opal Emerson Brown on January 2, 1928, in Cottage Grove, Oregon. She was raised during the Depression and learned early in her life to share and serve others through the examples of her mother and grandfather. Throughout her life she had a heart for those in need both physically and spiritually. She was a mother to many as well as her own six children. She was married twice, to Boyd Bowles on March 31, 1946 and to Bill Thomas on Dec. 5, 1992.

At seven she began playing the piano. She loved music in all its variety, playing both the piano and the organ well into her eighties. She played for church services, choirs, for family gatherings, and just because she loved to play. Our family and her church family were blessed by this talented musician. An avid genealogist for many years she searched and compiled family records and stories. True to form, she taught others the skills needed to discover their own family histories. Esther loved gardening and reading. Everywhere she moved, she had a rose garden. Everywhere she moved she took her books. Above all things she loved her family. She was a caring and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. We will miss her fun, feisty, sometimes sassy spirit. We love you Mom.

Esther is survived by her sister Leone Bartholomew; three sons, Alan Bowles (Connie), Dan Bowles (Carolyn) and Robin Bowles,; two daughters, Karly Paolo (Murray), and Chris Nuttall (Keith); thirty-one grandchildren and seventy-seven great-grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by her son, Boyd Bowles Jr., Bill Thomas, her second husband, her beloved mother, Opal Emerson and her sister, Lorna Formway.

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memorial service




11:00 AM 11/24/2018 11:00:00 AM
LDS Church

1645 NW Baker Creek Rd.
McMinnville, OR 97128

She will be interred at the Taylor Lane Cemetery in Cottage Grove, Oregon on November 25, 2018.

LDS Church
1645 NW Baker Creek Rd. McMinnville 97128 OR
United States

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