Laurel (Lollie) M. Thomas
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.