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Wanda "Shug" M. Thomas

October 4, 1935 — November 25, 2023

Belle

Wanda "Shug" M. Thomas

 

 

Wanda Mae “Shug” Thomas was called home into the loving arms of God on Saturday, November 25, 2023. She was a resident of Gasconade Manor and passed away peacefully in her sleep.

 

Shug was born Wanda Mae on October 4, 1935, to her parents John and Christene (Withouse) Shanks. Her mother sadly passed away just 7 weeks later, and she was adopted and raised by her maternal grandparents, Ed and Ellen Withouse.

 

On May 10, 1952, Shug was united in marriage to Jim Thomas in Belle. To this union three loving daughters were born, Kris, Misty and Nicki.

 

Shug and Jim were members of the First Baptist Church in Belle.

 

Shug worked for 38 years at her own Crystal Beauty Salon in the same building she and her husband Jim built on the corner of the 4-way stop in Belle. Modern Barber Shop and three other businesses were also located in their building.

 

She loved her occupation because she loved visiting, laughing and taking good care of her clientele. She lovingly referred to them as her “little old ladies”. She was honored to be asked to fix their hair in the funeral homes when one of them passed away.

 

During high school she was very involved in cheerleading and band and excelled in all sports, especially softball. Shug loved all sports and enjoyed being in a bowling league when she was an adult. She also enjoyed playing piano, making apple butter and baking great peach cobbler.

 

While living at Gasconade Manor, Shug was always busy with the activities and craft classes and visiting with anyone who wanted to chat. She loved joking with the staff, with whom she developed many close bonds.

 

Shug was known for her quick wit and humor. She had a very straight forward approach and opinion as well as a loving compassion. She loved big gatherings, reunions, but most of all she loved her family and enjoyed the time spent with them. Shug will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

 

Shug is survived by her daughters, Kris Vandelicht and her husband Kelly, Misty Thomas and Nicki Thomas all of Belle, two grandchildren, Sean Travis and wife Jayme of Springfield and Amy White and husband Kyle of St. Louis, five great grandchildren, Cooper and Jozie Travis and Jackson, Clayton and Georgia White as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

 

Preceding Shug in death are her parents, John and Christene Shanks, grandparents, Ed and Ellen Withouse, her husband of 57 years Jim Thomas, her aunt Lorene Homfeldt and uncles Mac and Jim Withouse who were more like siblings since they were raised together.

 

A visitation will be held on Saturday, December 23, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Sassmanns Chapel in Belle. Funeral Services will follow at 11:30 a.m. Private family interment will be at a later date.

 

Expression of sympathy may be made to the Shug Thomas family.

 

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Visitation

Saturday, December 23, 2023

10:00 - 11:30 am (Central time)

Sassmann's Chapel - Belle

207 Linn Ave, Belle, MO 65013

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Funeral Service

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Starts at 11:30 am (Central time)

Sassmann's Chapel - Belle

207 Linn Ave, Belle, MO 65013

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