Thomas nee Huff, Virginia Irene

Date: Wednesdasy, October 18, 2017
Time: 3:00 to 7:00 PM with VFW Auxiliary Service at 6:00 pm and visitation after 9:00 AM on Thursday, October 19, 2017

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

12:45 PM at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the St. Clair VFW Post 2482 or the Alzheimer's Association.


Virginia Irene Thomas of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. Clair on October 15, 2017, having reached the age of eighty-seven years, nine months and two days. Virginia was born in Annapolis, MO, on January 13, 1930, daughter of George Leonard Huff, known to all as Leonard, and Opal Alice Huff nee Sutton. On May 18, 1957, she was united in marriage to Jesse Leroy Thomas and three children came to bless this union.

Virginia is survived by her daughters, Peggy Sue Cartwright of Union, MO and Patricia Jane Kuper of Union; by her sister, Barbara Kean of Effingham, IL; by her sister-in-law, Barbara Huff of Arnold, MO; by her brother-in-law, Carmel Thomas and wife, Carol, of Waterloo, IL; by six grandchildren, Michael J. Thomas, Jr. and wife, Sarah, of Festus, MO, Joshua Thomas of Salem, MO, Benjamin Thomas of Imperial, MO, Rebecca Hunt and husband, Chaseon, of Union, MO and Lexy and Samuel Kuper of Union; by eight great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Opal Huff; by her husband, Jesse Thomas; by her son, Michael Joseph Thomas, Sr.; by two brothers, Bob and George Huff; by two sisters, Wilma Pauline Huff and Wanda Louise Huff, and by one grandson, Jake Strothcamp.

Virginia was a Christian and past member of Lighthouse Baptist Church in St. Clair, MO. During her working career she was employed as a machine and mold operator at Von Weise Gear in St. Clair, MO, for about eleven years. She was also a life time member and Past Treasurer of VFW Post 2482, Ladies Auxiliary in St. Clair. She was a very patriotic person and had spent many active years helping with the VFW Post activities. She was an outgoing person with many hobbies and interests that kept her busy. She loved to sew, work in her flower garden and ride horses. Virginia had a passion for square dancing and for many years, that was a weekly event. Her children and grandchildren held a special place in her heart, as she did in their hearts. The love they shared and many precious memories created will never be forgotten.

A kind and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great and great-great-aunt, cousin and treasured friend, she will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 AM Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Jim Watson officiating. Interment was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO. Memorials may be made to VFW Post 2482, St. Clair, MO or to the Alzheimer's Association.