Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at First Baptist Church in White Deer, with Rev. Alan Wilson, pastor, and Brother Harold D. Abney, retired Baptist minister of Lubbock, officiating. There will be a private family burial at the Waurika Cemetery in Waurika, Okla. on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.
Mrs. Thomas was born Sept. 11, 1936 near Hastings, Okla., the first of three children born to Melvin V. and Oletah Baker Daniel. She and her family moved to the Texas Panhandle when she was four years old, and most of her life was spent in this area, which she loved. Yvonne attended schools in Amarillo, Dimmit, Lefors and Pampa. After the death of her father, the family moved to Whitesboro where she graduated from high school.
On June 3, 1955, she married R.D. Thomas in Gainesville. He was her life partner, love and best friend for over 58 years. They returned to the Texas Panhandle in 1957, living first in Borger, then in Pampa, and finally settling in White Deer in 1972. They became the parents of two daughters, Holly Dee and Robyn Ann.
The things she enjoyed most were her home and family, watching NASCAR, basketball and football and reading. Her favorite teams were the White Deer Bucks & Does, Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys.
Yvonne gave her life to Jesus at the age of twelve and was an active member of First Baptist Church of White Deer where she was involved in many ministries. Through the years, she served as Sunday school teacher, director and teacher of Mission Friends, Vacation Bible School teacher, director and secretary, W.M.U. leader, sang in the church choir, and numerous committees. She served as church clerk for more than twenty years. Yvonne also served on the steering committees for both the church’s 75th and 100th anniversary celebrations.
In addition, she was a member of Venado Blanco Study Club for more than 30 years. She enjoyed bowling and bowled on several leagues. Yvonne had a lifelong love of horses, rodeos and windmills.
Yvonne was employed as church secretary at First Baptist Church in White Deer for seven years, and then spent twenty-one years as administrative assistant at the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District in White Deer.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, and her beloved in-laws Lula and Cleave Thomas.
Survivors include her husband, R.D., of the home; two daughters, Holly Thomas Liedtke of Arlington and Robyn Thomas of Panhandle; a brother, Larry G. Daniel of Bedford; a sister, Leta Melvena Palmo and husband Rick of Ingram; three grandchildren, Marissa DeeAnn Thomas and Owen Daniel Thomas, both of Panhandle and Willow Claire Liedtke of Arlington, several cousins and many dear friends.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 337, White Deer, Texas 79097.
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