|Viola Leona (Storck) Thomas, age 90, of the Stones Prairie area, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 7. She departed this life after a short battle with cancer at the Maples Nursing Home in Springfield.||Viola (Storck) Thomas was born on Sept. 13, 1919 in rural Monett. She was the daughter of George and Talina Storck. Viola Storck married Carl M. Thomas on Oct. 18, 1942. They made their home together on a Century Farm on Stones Prairie. He preceded her in death on March 4, 2002.||Viola graduated from Monett High School in 1937, Monett Jr. College in 1939, Southwest Missouri State with a Bachelor of Education, and Drury College with a Masters of Education in 1972. She retired in 1988 after teaching math for 33 years in the Purdy and Monett School Systems.||She was a lifetime member of St. John's Stones Prairie/Purdy Church. Her activities included Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Quilting Guild and teaching Sunday School. She was active with Helping Hand Extension Club, and was a 4-H Leader. She was a member of the Barry County Retired Teachers Association, Kappa Kappa Iota Teacher's Association, and the Barry County Horse and Mule Driver's Association.|
Viola was a devoted wife, a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a positive, sincere and genuine person who greeted with a lovely smile and provided a warm home for her family and friends.
Survivors include her two sons: Dr. David Thomas and his wife, Carla, of Chesterfield; and George Thomas of Columbia; one granddaughter: Dr. Kristin Sohl and her husband, David, of Columbia; and one grandson; Justin Thomas of Chesterfield; along with two great-grandchildren: Alexander and Isabella Sohl. She leaves a host of beloved nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
|She was also preceded in death by an older brother: Herbert Storck; and an older sister: Erma (Storck) Farmer.||Funeral services will be held at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Stones Prairie/Purdy on Thursday, March 11, at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Philip B. Wolf officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 10 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bennett --Wormington Funeral Home, Monett. Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Missions, St. John's Stones Prairie Cemetery Fund, Missouri 4-H Foundation, or Logos School, in care of the funeral home.|