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TAHLEQUAH – Funeral services for Patricia Kay “Patty” (Bauman) Thomas will be held on Thursday, May 28, at 10 a.m. at the New Life Worship Center in Tahlequah, with Rev. J. Nathan Thomas, Apostle Garland D. Thomas, and Pastor David O. Thomas officiating. Visitation for Patty will be held at Reed-Culver Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 27, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. with family receiving visitors from 5–7. Patty’s final resting place will be at Fort Gibson National Cemetery in Fort Gibson. Online condolences for her family may be left at www.reedculver.com. Pallbearers for Patty include Kiyam McIntosh, Brad McIntosh, Johnny Morrison, Jeromy Thomas, Jack Thomas, and Jimmy Ray Bauman. Her honorary pallbearers include Samuel McIntosh, Jacob Morrison, and Josh Thomas. Patricia Kay “Patty” Thomas was born on July 11, 1952, in Careytown, Ohio, the daughter of William and Lillian (Harris) Bauman. She attended and graduated from Fairfield High School in Leesburg, Ohio. It was on March 7, 1970, in Leesburg, that she married her husband, her helpmate, and her best friend, Garland Dale Thomas. Together they raised a family of one son and two daughters, Jeromy, Julie, and Jennie. Patty was a remarkable woman, of grace, courage, and strength. She depended on her Lord and Savior to give her strength, wisdom and a willing heart. She worked as a secretary at the public elementary schools of Elyria, Ohio, and later as a clerk in the Business Affairs Offices of Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Together with her husband, they worked to build and love the church New Life Worship Center in Tahlequah. Patty was a founding member of the National Priesthood Motorcycle Ministry. Patty and Garland covered many miles on their motorcycle, reaching out to those who had yet to hear of the Lord that loved them, and renewing strength to those already in the fold. You only had to meet Patty once to know she was genuine, compassionate, and cared deeply for her church family and many friends. She had a smile that made you feel welcome, and was always serving those around her, offering a cup of coffee, a friend to share with, and a hand to hold. She spent her spare time working in her flower gardens, and cultivating roses. There was always genealogy to research and ancestors to explore. Patty enjoyed vacations on the motorcycle, accompanying Garland across the countryside. She was filled with love, pride and admiration for her children and grandchildren, attending each sporting and academic endeavor as their biggest fan and supporter. She liked to gather the family for a meal and play time, and did so every chance she got. She was set with a mission to assure that each and every one of her children and grandchildren knew the love of the Lord and followed her to church. On this mission, she was very successful! Patty gave 100 percent to everything she did in life. She had worked tirelessly, but her body grew tired. The Lord called this good and faithful servant home on Friday, May 22, 2015, in Muskogee, with her family close to her side. Patty was 62 years old. The community we live in is a better place because of the love and care of this remarkable woman, and she will be greatly missed. Patty is preceded in death by her father and her grandparents. Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband, Garland Thomas of the home in Tahlequah. She leaves also three children, Jeromy Thomas and wife Cathy of Tahlequah, Julie McIntosh and husband Brad of Porter, Jennie Morrison and husband Johnny of Hulbert, honorary daughter, Karen Stopp of Tahlequah and honorary son Master Chief Petty Officer Thomas H Morrill of Corpus Christi, Texas; her mother, Lillian Bauman and stepfather, William Hale of Sabina, Ohio; and one brother, Jimmy Ray Bauman resides in Washington Court House, Ohio. Patty lives on in her eight adored grandchildren, Kiyam McIntosh of Porter, Olivia McIntosh of Porter, Samuel McIntosh of Porter, Lillian McIntosh of Porter, Victoria Coats of Tahlequah, Joshua Thomas of Tahlequah, Alexis Morrison of Hulbert, and Jacob Morrison of Hulbert. Patty also leaves her many family and friends at New Life Worship Center, the National Priesthood Motorcycle Ministry, and a host of cousins, friends and loved ones. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 918-456-2551.
Published on  May 27, 2015
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