Mary Louise Roberts Thomas Obituary

Date of Death:

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Funeral Home:

Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home
307 South Palm Avenue
Palatka, Florida, UNITED STATES


Mary Louise

Roberts Thomas

Mary Louise Roberts Thomas was born in an

upstairs bedroom in her beloved family home at 804 Oak Street on

September 11, 1923. She attended John W. Campbell Elementary, which

was across the street from her home. She loved school and playing

with her childhood friends who lived in the area. She talked often

about how they made all of their toys from whatever materials they

could find. She grew up during the Depression, but said she never

new that her family was poor because she had such a wonderful


She was preceded in death by her parents,

Quintas Irvin and Ethel Roberts, her brothers Q. I., Jr. and Robert,

her sisters, Mattie Roberts and Ethel Johnson, and her beloved son,

Robert Scott Thomas.

She is survived by her daughter, Jane Thomas

Crawford, and husband Cary, granddaughters, Sloan and Connor and

nephews and nieces, Gerald and Gail Roberts, Suellen and Jody Davis,

Irving and Norlene Roberts, Carl and Lou Johnson, Linda-Kaye and

Marc Spalding, Marcy and Ron Jones, and Kathy Roberts, and many

great nieces and nephews.

She graduated from Mellon High School and

through the generosity of her brother and sister-in-law, Q. I. and

Virginia Roberts, she attended Tift College in Forsythe, Georgia,

where she graduated in 1945. She accepted a job as a buyer for

Rich’s Department Store in Atlanta, but was persuaded by Hubert

Robinson, principal, to come to Palatka High School to teach

English. During the 36 years that she taught school, she impacted

the lives of so many of her students, many of whom maintained a

relationship with her until her death. She is remembered by many as

the director of the World Lit Shows that she produced for many

years. These shows gave many of her students the opportunity to

display their many talents to the student body and to the public.

The legacy that she leaves is profound and will be a comfort to her

family. She retired from teaching in 1988 to help take care of her


She was a member of First Baptist Church of

Palatka where she had sung in the choir and taught Sunday School for

many years. She was selected as Star Teacher (the precursor to

Florida’s Teacher of the Year Program) for three consecutive years.

This selection was made by the senior student with the highest SAT

score. For many years, she was a member of the Senior Friends Bridge

Group, where she played bridge every Monday. She was very proud of

all of her family and loved spending time with them. She spent many

hours writing a narrative of the Roberts Family history, which she

has added to through the years. She was a wonderful cook and one of

her greatest joys was having her family over for weekly dinners.

She loved to read and study, and never lost her desire to learn or

her quest for knowledge.

Services celebrating Mary Louise’s life will be

held 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 27, 2010 at the First Baptist

Church of Palatka with Reverend Charles T. Rabun, Jr. officiating

and her nephew, Gerald Roberts as the eulogist. The family will

receive friends Friday from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Johnson-Overturf

Funeral Home in Palatka.

Contributions may be made in her memory to the

Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka,

Florida, 32177 or in Memory of Mary Louise Thomas at Florida School

for the Deaf and Blind, 207 N. San Marco Ave., St. Augustine,

Florida, 32084.

Mary Thomas
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