Lois Ann Thomas

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Lois Ann Thomas

<p>Lois Ann Thomas (m. Merling), a creative and loving soul, passed away on June 6, 2024, at home in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, at the age of 86. Born on December 26, 1937, in Detroit, MI, Lois led a life marked by passion, artistry, and service, touching the lives of all who knew her.</p><p><br></p><p>Lois, a lifelong learner, proudly received her education at Ascension School and then at St. Catherine's High School. She went on to cultivate her interests in art, design, and communications. She held roles at RC Mahon and the Saturday Evening Post, and then found her true calling at the Detroit Institute of Arts. There, she excelled in public relations, working with curators and benefactors from around the world to promote the DIA.</p><p><br></p><p>Lois was not only creative in her professional endeavors, but also in every aspect of her life. She enriched the world with beauty through her talents in tailoring and sewing, teaching others her skills and passion for fabric and fashion. She also shared her love for painting, art history, and interior design by volunteering her time as an art history education volunteer, demonstrating her dedication to the arts and creativity in all she did.</p><p><br></p><p>Lois also couldn’t get enough of gardening. For many years she was the loving steward of the Tau Meditation Garden at the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit, providing a peaceful space for reflection and, of course, “flowers for Father Solanus.” Lois was also a faithful parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea, where she put her gardening skills to work and was a member of the Lady's Altar Society.</p><p><br></p><p>Her faith and family were the cornerstones of Lois' life. Her dedication to Fr. Solanus went well beyond the garden. With her husband Ron, Lois dedicated her life to the Cause of the Canonization of Father Solanus Casey. Over the years, she volunteered as a Center docent, helped compile archive information and served on the public relations committee in support of events and fundraisers. Father Solanus was always her faithful rock and counselor in spirit and she spread the word of Father Solanus to all she met.</p><p><br></p><p>She was the beloved wife of the late Ron Thomas, and an adored mother to her daughters, Andrea Thomas (Don Kauffman) and Lisa Thomas (Eric Bass). Lois was the dear daughter of Earle and Marie Merling and sister to four brothers - the late Carl and Raymond Merling, and survived by her brothers Earl Merling (Gloria) and Br. Richard Merling, OFM Cap. She was the sister in-law to the late Ralph Thomas, Maybelle Tomlin (Koehler) and Richard Thomas. She also cherished time with her many nieces and nephews. Her family remembers her as the embodiment of love, strength, joy and compassion.</p><p><br></p><p>In her last years, Lois faced dementia with unwavering faith, dignity, and grace. She continued to live a full life and never lost her sense of humor, sparkling charm, and dedication to helping others. Her family is especially grateful to the Sunrise on Vernier team in Grosse Pointe Woods, who offered endless love, care, and support. They cannot thank them enough.</p><p><br></p><p>Lois will be remembered by all as a woman of remarkable character and inspiration. Her legacy will live on in the lives she touched. May she rest in peace, surrounded by the love and beauty she brought to the world.</p><p><br></p><p>Donations to the Solanus Casey Center are appreciated in lieu of flowers.</p><p><br></p><p>A funeral mass will be held Friday, June 14th at St Bonaventure Monastery, 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, at 11am, with visitation from 9-11am.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Share memories with the family at Verheyden.org</p><p><br></p>
December 26, 1937 - June 6, 202412/26/193706/06/2024
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June 14, 2024

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Lois was a wonderful classy lady who was so Christlike with all the people she encountered


June 10, 2024

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