Paula (Emanuel) Thomas, 88, of Witter, died Monday, March 29, 2021, at Eureka Springs Hospital.
She was born March 12, 1933, in Pirmasens, Germany, the daughter of Peter and Paula Nehr Emanuel.
They moved back to Landstuhl, Germany, when she was a year old. She was the oldest of the family, and had two brothers, Erwin and Werner. She met and married the love of her life, Jack Marland Thomas, on March 4, 1958, while he was a corporal working as a medic in an American hospital, in Germany, during World War II. They were married 57 years and worked side-by-side, farming, owning a mechanic shop and a restaurant. They were members of Lighthouse of Faith Mennonite Church in Huntsville.
One of Paula’s proudest moments in life was becoming an American citizen on March 4, 1958. She was a wonderful cook, an avid knitter and crocheter. There was love in every stitch she made, and family and friends felt that love with every hat, sweater, afghan, pairs of slippers, and pictures she gave them.
Paula was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
She has left behind, Bob and Holly Parker; Jim Parker, Coy and Anni Parker, Precious Parker, Mae Dean Parker, and families; and many members of her church family. We are all so thankful she became such a special part of our families and lives,
Services will be 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 2, 2021, at Lighthouse of Faith Mennonite Church.
Services are entrusted to Brashears Funeral Home and Crematory of Huntsville.