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Betty Lorraine Thomas

September 17, 1923 — April 6, 2014

Betty Lorraine Thomas


CLEAR LAKE - Betty L. Thomas, 90, of Clear Lake died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake.

Memorial services will be held 11 A.M., Saturday, April 12th at Galilean Lutheran Church in Clear Lake with Rev. Scott McCluskey officiating. Her body was donated to the University of Iowa Department Of Anatomy. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Clear Lake Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Cataldo Funeral Home in Garner is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Galilean Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran Church or the Clear Lake Library.

Betty Lorraine Thomas, the daughter of Daniel, Jr. and Alphena (Thompson) Spilman, was born September 17, 1923 on the family farm south of Clear Lake. She graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1941 and worked at a Clear Lake grocery store. On February 16, 1945 she was married to Clifford "Bill" Thomas in Clear Lake. They lived in Mason City and the Clear Lake-Ventura area most of their married life of which 52 years was spent at their home on South 12th Street in Clear Lake. Betty was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, cross-stitching, crocheting and quilting.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was a church Circle Bible study leader for 40 years and Bethel teacher.

Betty is survived by her two sons, Dan (Jennie) Thomas of Hastings, MN and Jim Thomas (special friend, Shannon Lamb) of Evansville, IN; two grandchildren, Lori Thomas of Cambridge, MA and Joel Thomas of Hastings, MN; a brother, Danny Spilman of Rockwell; a sister-in-law, Phyllis "Till" Spilman of Clear Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill, July 20, 1998; brothers, Dale, Orville "Fritz", Sam, and Wayne "Shorty" Spilman; and two sisters, Helen "Sis" Duregger and Thelma Duregger.
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