Melba M. Thomas

Melba Ruth Murray Thomas went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 18, 2018 at her daughter’s home surrounded by family at the age of 86.  Melba was the last surviving child of George Henry Murray and Myrtie Austin Murray of Mt. Vernon, Maryland.  She graduated from Washington High School, Princess Anne, Maryland, where she played softball and basketball.  She was the Queen of her Senior Class.  She married William Francis Thomas on March 11, 1949.  Coincidentally, he was the King of his Senior Class: “True Royalty.”   They remained married for 64 years prior to his death in July, 2013.  They made their home in Champ, Maryland in the Thomas homestead.

Melba was sister to William, Lee, Austin, Earl, Alice and Lula Murray Alder, all previously deceased.  She remained close to her sisters-in-law, Esther, Lee’s wife (deceased) and Loma Murray, Earl’s wife, (deceased) even after her brothers’ deaths.  She also loved her husband’s siblings and families as they raised their children together through the years: John and Bea Thomas, Mike and Merrill Thomas, Claude and Gloria Thomas, Catherine and Loyal Larson, and Virginia and Earl Adkins. She remained close to her first cousin; John Murray and his wife, Dorothy, and their family; “Her other Bill,” Bill Sterling and his family; her lifetime friend, Bill Kniceley, and his wife, Jean, were also dear friends.  Dave and Donna Van Essendelft were “ole” friends from Champ also, “from the good ole days.”

She was a homemaker for her family and stay at home mother for her children.  She was a source of stability and good cooking for her husband, children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, and nieces and nephews as well as family friends.  Everyone loved her chicken and dumplings, vegetable beef soup, and her crab cakes.  In fact, her crab cakes won her grandson, Gene, his wife, Beth.

Melba attended St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Oriole, where she served as one of the Presidents of the United Methodist Women’s Group.  However, her heart remained at Asbury United Methodist Church, Mt. Vernon, where she grew up.  She will be buried at Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery, Mt. Vernon after making a deal with her husband years ago: she would live in the low lying mud of Champ but she wanted to be buried on the sandy hill of Mt. Vernon.

As her passing is the end of an era; she is survived by her children; Frances Jindra and her husband, Terry, Omaha, NE; Sheila Warner and her husband Gene, Salisbury, with whom she has been living these last few years; George Thomas and his wife Tina, Salisbury; her grandchildren; Christi Avila; Trent Jindra (Angie); Jamie Jindra (Chris); Gene Sterling (Beth); Kevin Sterling (Whitney); Travis Sterling (Emily); Justin Warner; Dustin McPhail (Mike); her great grandchildren; Malarie and Trace Jindra, Nathan and Caleb Lemon; Isabella, Makayla, Gabriella, William, Charlie, Willa and Mary Sterling; Gage and Reed McPhail; and 35 nieces and nephews and their families.

We were fortunate to have been blessed with good parents and it has been our pleasure as their children to have given care to Mom and Dad over the past few years.  In doing that, we have been blessed by others who have given care to them; in home care agencies; Right at Home and Life Matters; medical care by Dr. Shaik-Abdul, Peninsula Home Care, Amedysis; and finally Hospice for Mom. We are grateful to all who have cared for her and have become family to us. A special thanks to Mom’s special nieces who have shown her love by visiting and sending notes and cards.  She loved you all so much and appreciated that you still thought of her. Special thanks, also, to Pastor Joanne Hartman, St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Oriole, Maryland for her faithful visits to Mom.  Frances, Sheila and George also want to thank their spouses and families for the sacrifices they have made over these last few years which have allowed us to care for our parents in the home.

Mom is HOME now and walking through the beautiful gardens of heaven and probably talking Dad’s ears off telling him everything that has been going on since he left.  We will be with Mom and Dad again someday in Heaven fulfilling God’s Promise to Christians of John 3:16;  For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Hinman Funeral Home, P.A. in Princess Anne, Md. where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Asbury Cemetery. Reverends William Knicely, Bill Sterling and Jo Ann Hartman will officiate.

The family requests  donations in memory of Mom be made to:  St. Peter’s United Methodist Church % Vicki Laird, 28179 Venton Rd., Princess Anne, MD 21853; Asbury United Methodist Church 26556 Mt. Vernon Rd., Princess Anne, MD 21853; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Rd., Ste. D, Timonium, MD 21093



1 comment to Melba M. Thomas

  • John and Sheryl Guyer-Peters

    Sheila and family, we send our condolences on the loss of Ms. Melba. She was a wonderful, loving lady and a great asset to the church. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. We send our love and hugs though we cannot make the services. Our son is on oxygen 24/7 now and we don’t go far from him. Wrapping all of you in love and prayers at this time. You’re welcome to call anytime to my cell 443-783-8285. Blessings.

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