Brattleboro- Etta E. Thomas, 94, formerly of Glen Street died peacefully early Thursday morning, March 29, 2018 at Vernon Green Nursing Home where she had been a resident for the last three weeks.
Mrs. Thomas was born in Westminster, Vermont on October 17, 1923 the daughter of Ernest and Julia Willis Beam. She was raised and educated in Gageville Vermont where she attended public schools.
She worked as a basket weaver for Basketville in Putney for forty years extending her full-time employment after the company called her back to work after she first retired. Previously she had been employed at the former American Optical Company in Brattleboro.
Mrs. Thomas was a member of the V.F.W. Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034 Auxiliary and thoroughly enjoyed the friendships she established with the post members.
She enjoyed playing cards especially Skipbo and was an avid Boston Red Sox fan. She also loved to watch and followed WWE wrestling for many years.
An excellent cook and baker, she was known for her delicious apple pies and other pastries. A true Vermonter, she had a kind and giving spirit that touched many lives including her caregivers at Vernon Green Nursing Home.
On July 13, 1941 in Westminster she was married to Ernest “Tom” Thomas. Her faithful and devoted husband predeceased her.
Survivors include two grandsons Tyson Howard of Colrain, MA and Joseph Howard of Brattleboro, three brothers, Leroy Beam, William Beam and Butch Beam, three sisters, Lorraine Taylor, Marie Plumley and Margaret Shambo, nine great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Howard, a granddaughter, Lisa Brothers and six siblings.
Calling hours at the Atamaniuk Funeral Home will be Saturday (4/7/2018) from 7 to 9 P.M.
Graveside services in Westminster Cemetery will be conducted Wednesday, April 11’Th at 11:00 A.M.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Vernon Green Nursing Home Activities Fund, 61 Greenway Drive, Vernon, VT 05354-9474.