Margaret Thomas

Margaret Lou Smith Thomas went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, after 94 years with her family. She was born Oct. 7, 1919 in Marshall County, Ala., but lived most of her life in Chattanooga. Mrs. Thomas was, first and foremost, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by three children, Gloria Bedingfield and husband, Doug, of Chattanooga; Bill Thomas, of Savannah, Ga.; and Frank Thomas Jr., of Zephyrhills, Fla. She also was proud to be grandmother of 10, great-grandmother of 16, and great-great-grandmother of 3. Although she worked as a hairdresser and manager for most of her adult life, Mrs. Thomas said that her greatest love was the Lord and raising children. She exemplified those ideals by raising her own three children and then by helping to nurture and raised four of her grandchildren. Stacie, Tresa, Corey, and Chad have always been proud to call her grandmother and "Mom"for a period of their lives. All of Mrs. Thomas' grandchildren are very proud to have had her guidance through their lives and to have had her example to follow in loving her Lord and her family. In the words of her late husband, Frank Thomas Sr., she was "a woman in whom is found no guile". Truer words have never been spoken. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, Frank A. Thomas Sr.; her brother, Wendell A. Smith Jr.; and her parents, Wendell A Smith Sr. and Hannah Ellen Cowley Smith. Mrs. Thomas' chapel service is this morning at 9 a.m. with burial following at Chattanooga National Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in honor of those family members who have succumbed to that disease. Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort and to view the memorial tribute. Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, East Brainerd Road.

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