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Shirlene Thomas

January 29, 1936 — August 29, 2021

Shirlene Doris (Woods) Thomas, 85, widow of James Terry Thomas, of Harrisonburg passed away Sunday, August 29, 2021 at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community.

She was born in Staunton on January 29, 1936 a daughter of the late Theodore “Ted” Roosevelt Woods and Mozella (Hull) Woods Hull.

A 1955 graduate of Monterey High School, she went onto to marry her husband, Terry on November 22 of that same year. Shirlene worked at Western State Hospital and as well as an in-home care giver for many years. A devoted wife and mother, she will be remembered as an innate nurturer and the primary care giver for her husband in his later years.

Shirlene enjoyed birds, flowers, reading, crocheting and gardening. She loved to keep up with friends and family through calls, visits and reading “The Recorder.”

She is survived by two daughters, Terena (Thomas) Gayle of Weyers Cave and Vickie (Thomas) Kinkead and husband, Richard of Weyers Cave; as well as her granddaughter, Tammy Renee Gayle and wife, Amber Becker of Toms Brook.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, September 3, 2021 in Monterey Cemetery with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating.

The staff of Obaugh Funeral Home will receive family and friends wishing to pay their respects between 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, September 2, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland County Public Library, PO Box 519, Monterey, Va. 24465 or to Monterey Cemetery c/o Nancy Sweitzer, 228 Triple Oak Lane, Hot Springs, Va. 24445.

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

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Friday, September 3, 2021

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