Edna Thomas

Posted Online: April 20, 2013, 7:55 pm
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Edna E. Thomas, 88, of Colona, died on Friday, April 19, 2013, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House or the Alzheimer's Association.
Edna was born on April 29, 1924, in Zebulon, N.C., the daughter of William E. and Luna F. Wells Evans. Growing up in Zebulon, Edna was the daughter of share croppers; from a young age, she worked on the farm planting tobacco and cotton. She left school during the eighth grade to work full time. Edna married Kenneth Brubaker in Moline on Jan. 10, 1944; she later married Dwight Thomas on June 18, 1955, in Moline.
While raising her children, Edna worked cleaning houses, she was later employed by the National Licorice Factory for 15 years, and after retirement, she went on to tend bar at the Holiday Inn for six more years. She was a very proud member of the American Business Women's Association. Edna enjoyed bowling, sewing, doing hand crafts and oil painting. She especially loved caring for and spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include her husband, Dwight "Pinky"; children, Wayne E. Brubaker, Rock Island, Kenneth R. (Amy) Brubaker, Huntington Beach, Calif., and Pauline "Polly" Brubaker (Edward) Thune, Colona; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; five nephews; and 11 nieces. She was preceded in death by her mother; father; two brothers, Van Gordon and William Clyde; and three sisters, Mary, Margaret Lou and Luna.
Online condolences may be left for her family by visiting esterdahl.com.


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