ELEANOR G. THOMAS

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:14 p.m.

GARLAND – Eleanor G. Thomas, 95, died Sept. 18, 2007, at a Dover-Foxcroft hospital, after a period of declining health. She was born June 12, 1912, in Tiverton, R.I., the daughter of Ruben Franklyn and Sarah Elizabeth Grinnell. She graduated from Morse High School, Bath, with a four-year scholarship to the University of Maine at Orono. There she met Robert Thomas and they married the day after graduation. She was the holder of the Garland Boston Post Cane. She was a member of Dexter Methodist Church, Garland Grange and Garland Extension Group. With her green thumb, she raised a large market garden and her vegetables were sold from Dexter to Rockwood. She also raised three farmer sons and had four farmer grandchildren. A flower garden was her pride and joy. In recent years, she enjoyed the companionship of her two cats, Sassy and Frisky, who kept her company for 10 years. She was the last of three siblings, William, Priscilla and Arlene. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert A.; and son, William F. She is survived by two sons and their wives, Jim and Sandra, and Allan and Elaine, all of Garland; a daughter and her husband, Pat, and Bill Harding of San Miguel, Mexico; a son and his wife, Frank and Anita of Corinth; a son, Fred of Ajo, Ariz.; grandchildren, Lisa and Melanie Thomas, Alyce Masters, Mary Wilson, Kevin and Terry Thomas, Karen Rodgers, Ben Thomas, and Paul and Missi Thomas; and 16 great-grandchildren. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Crosby & Neal, 61 Main St., Dexter. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Barry Buzzell officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery, Garland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Garland Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 76, Garland, ME 04939. To sign an online guest book, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com

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