Shirley Thomas


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Posted Online: April 29, 2013, 7:20 pm
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Shirley J. Thomas, 82, of Moline, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Genesis Illini Campus, Silvis.
A rosary will be recited at noon, Wednesday, May 1, at Rafferty Funeral Home, Moline, with visitation from 11 a.m. until noon. Burial will be at St. Mary's, East Moline. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.
Shirley was born Nov. 9, 1930, in Moline, the daughter of Chester and Clara VanDeVoort Schell. She married Milford E. Thomas in Ipava, Ill., in 1951.
Shirley served as a Rock Island County deputy sheriff for 20 years, retiring in 1994.
Mrs. Thomas was a member of the FOP Lodge 61, FOE 1112 Auxiliary, Moline. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing bingo.
Survivors include her husband, Milford; daughter, Jodi (Greg Sr.) Claeys, Arizona; son, Michael (Peggy) Thomas, Texas; grandchildren, Greg Claeys Jr. and Jessa Claeys; and brother, Steven Schell. She was preceded in death by a son, Scott, and sister, Mary Jo.
Condolences may be left at RaffertyFunerals.com.














 



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