Lau­rel (Lol­lie) M. Thomas

The Daily Herald - - OBITUARIES AND MEMORIALS -

Lau­rel “Lol­lie” Mon­ica Thomas, age 86, of Everett, Wash., passed away on June 27, 2016 at Prov­i­dence Hos­pi­tal in Everett.

She was born May 4, 1930 at St. Joseph’s Hos­pi­tal in Belling ham, Wash. to Mar­garet Louise Schu­macher and James Mered­ith Nicholas Whe­lan. She grew up in Edi­son, Wash., the youngest of six chil­dren. Lol­lie grad­u­ated from Burling­ton-Edi­son High School in 1948 and upon the death of her par­ents in 1950, moved to live with her sis­ter, Rose in West Seat­tle, Wash.

In 1954, Lol­lie met Roland “Red” Thomas on a blind date at the Grange Hall in Burling­ton, Wash. On Fe­bru­ary 12,1955 they were wed and be­gan a 51-year mar­riage that lasted un­til Red passed in May, 2006. They would live the first nine years in the Stan­wood, Wash. area, even­tu­ally mov­ing to their home in Everett in 1964. Roland and Lau­rel have three chil­dren: Teresa, Mary Kate and Jay.

Lol­lie re­tired from the Everett School District with over 20 years of ser­vice as a school cook and kitchen man­ager. She re­ceived the Golden Acorn Award in 1991 for her ex­em­plary ser­vice to the chil­dren of the Everett School District and her con­tin­ued ef­forts to feed them good-tast­ing, nu­tri­tious meals that not only sat­is­fied their tum­mies but for­ti­fied their minds.

Lol­lie was known to many as the “the Cookie Lady” be­cause of her pen­chant for de­liv­er­ing cook­ies to those she loved across the greater Everett area. If cook­ies had been a cur­rency she would have been a zil­lion­aire. Mom could get more done with a batch of cook­ies than she could with a wad of cash.

Lol­lie leaves be­hind her chil­dren: Teresa ( John) Wahlei­th­ner, Mar y Kate Thomas, and Jay ( Shirley) Thomas; five grand­chil­dren: Sam ( Ni­cole) and Ali­cia Wahlei­th­ner, Nick Thomas, Rachel and Mon­ica Thomas. She is sur­vived by one brother, Burt( Bon­nie) Whe­lan, of Burling­ton, Wash ., and nu­mer­ous nieces, neph­ews and ex­tended fam­ily.

Lol­lie was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Roland L. Thomas; her sis­ters: Mary Ploeg, Claire and Rose Whe­lan; and her brother, James( Jim) Whe­lan.

The fam­ily would like to ex­tend its sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the doc­tors and nurs­ing staff of Prov­i­dence Hos­pi­tal, 8th Floor North for their com­pas­sion­ate care of our mother.

A Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will be held at Rose­hill Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in Muk­il­teo, Wash. on Mon­day, July 18, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is a potluck event; please bring your fa­vorite dish to share and dress in any shade of blue, be­cause she loved them all.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions can be made in her name to the Prov­i­dence Foun­da­tion.

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