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Mary Verda Thomas

January 1, 1930 — June 21, 2022

Passed away peacefully at Huronlea Home in Brussels on June 21st in her 92nd year.

Proud mother to Bob (Debbie) Thomas, David (Maureen) Thomas and Dianne (Roy) Sidders.

Loving grandmother to Amy (Rob) Burkholder, Jamie Thomas, Sean (Toni) Thomas, Laura (Jordan) Hussey, Liesa (Joe) Switzer, Ashley Thomas, Matthew (Sara) Sidders, Neil Sidders, Scott (Yanling) Sidders and Troy (Nas) Sidders.

Adoring Great grandmother to Emily, Sophia, Sean, Jenson, Evie, Elena, Knox, River, Austin, Carter, and Mary.

Sister to Charles (Grace) Procter, Ross Procter, George (Elizabeth) Procter and Ruth Alton.

Missed by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Predeceased by in-laws Mary Louise Procter, Ken Alton, and special friend Ross Smith.

Mary spent a lifetime in nursing, starting first in Wingham and then moving to Listowel all the time staying the night supervisor. She was the Sunday school superintendent at Brussels United Church for many years, singing in the choir and taking care of the children in the congregation. She then attended Knox United Church in Belgrave again singing in the choir. She was known for her strawberry jam and maple syrup which bore her name ‘Granny Mary’. She was an avid quilter and belonged to a local quilter’s guild. She loved to fly and was a private pilot. She enjoyed knitting and would take on any project no matter how challenging. Her love of music shone in her ability to play the auto harp, accordion, and the bagpipes. This love of playing the bagpipes led her to join the Brussels Legion and in turn the Legion Pipe band which allowed her to play in Edinburgh Scotland in a Massed Band. Mary was a Legion member for 25 years where she was known for her generous donations of unique items and busy hands making pies and sandwiches for any occasion. Mary had a special friend in her life that let her dream big, and they ran a gift store together in Russeldale called the Country Spire. She loved to be busy and that included spending as much time as possible with her children and grandchildren. She insisted on morals and values that instilled trust and honesty. She was exceptionally proud of her family. She will be sadly missed by many.

A private, family funeral service will take place on Thursday June 30th at 11 am at Knox United Church in Belgrave. Please join us via livestream at

Bruce Whitmore officiating.

In lieu of flowers or as expressions of sympathy donations to Knox United Church (Belgrave) or the Alzheimer’s Society of Huron County would be appreciated.

Cards of sympathy may be sent to Box 558 Brussels N0G 1H0.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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