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Margaret Isabel Thomas

Published: 3/29/2020 3:00:16 AM
Modified: 3/30/2020 10:53:44 AM

WOODSTOCK, VT — Margaret Isabel Thomas (nee Dunn), born in Newcastle, England on 09 November 1933, passed away peacefully in her Woodstock, Vermont home on 23 March 2020 at 10:30 P.M. She was the youngest child of a coal mining official, Thomas Dunn, and a parlor maid, Isabel Dunn (nee Reay) who both preceded her in death. Her only sibling, Thomas Leslie Dunn, also preceded her in death in 1961.

Margaret’s work experience started in 1948 at age 15. She worked in the isolation unit for scarlet fever and whooping cough as well as assisted with patient pick-ups on the ambulance rides at Norman’s Riding Hospital in Winlaton. Margaret received her registered nursing certificate from South Shields County Durham General Hospital. She received her midwifery degree in Nottingham, UK. In Durham, she greatly enjoyed assisting mothers with home deliveries. In Newcastle upon Tyne, she worked in the midwifery department at the General Hospital. In 1958, she took a position in the premature baby unit and assisted in general surgery at the General Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

In 1959, after a very long and cold winter in Calgary, Margaret accepted a position at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, Bermuda where they needed a nurse with the knowledge to operate two incubators which were recently purchased for the care of premature babies. Margaret met her late husband, Roy Thomas, at a church singles’ youth event soon after her arrival on the island. She married him six months later in 1960, in Christchurch, Bermuda, and soon after began the roles of both wife and mother. In 1967, the young family moved to the remote island of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Margaret began the job of homemaking full-time.

Margaret previously resided in England, Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, New York, and then finally settled and put down deep roots with her late husband, Roy Thomas, in Woodstock, Vermont, in 1982. Margaret loved the Lord and was an active and consistent church member, first at Valley Bible Church in White River Junction, VT, and later at The First Congregational Church in Woodstock, VT. She enjoyed participating in several community services: The Prosper Homemakers, The King’s Daughters, The Woodstock Garden Club, The Woodstock Community Food Shelf, The Senior Center, and many others.

Jeremiah 17: 7-8 - Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the LORD. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.

Margaret enjoyed knitting, beekeeping, gardening, and cooking. She was at her best ministering to others in need. Her deep love of infants, rooted in her early career, continued throughout her life. She had the gift of hospitality and often opened the doors of her home, giving of herself to numerous people in her life. If you are one of the many people that have been touched by the life of Margaret Thomas, we would like to encourage you to share your

story. We also want to invite you to share a picture if you have one; there is a place on this site to do so. Because of the perilous times in which we live, we are unable to assemble to remember her as close friends and family, so this site provides a place for us to meet and remember her together.

One precious memory Margaret’s children have of their mother is the way she always said goodbye. She would quote, Dr. Robert A. Cook, from his Christian family radio program, and say, “Walk with the King, and be a Blessing!” This blessing continues in our family at the end of many conversations and often during departures. Mom, we are so comforted by the knowledge that today you are truly walking with the King!

Margaret is survived by her four children: Anne (Todd) Mathison of Minneapolis, MN Jeffrey (Kathy) Thomas of Chuckey, TN Christopher (Eunice) Thomas of Granger, IN Susan (Brent) Meyers of Johannesburg, South Africa as well as 11 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren (with one more on the way)

If you would like to donate in memory of Margaret, please do so to:

Biblical Ministries Worldwide 1595 Herrington Road Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Please remember to note that your donation is a “Memorial for Margaret Thomas.”

We are hoping to have a celebration of life service for Margaret at a later date.

Blessed be the memory of Margaret Isabel Thomas.

The Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock is assisting the family. Memories may be shared by visiting

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