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A private funeral ceremony will be held with interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Flora.
Maxine Elizabeth Thomas, age 95, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Thursday afternoon, March 23, 2023, at Clay County Hospital.
She was born January 7, 1928, in Lincoln, the daughter of Everett and Bertha (Uebinger) Fulk. She was united in marriage to Tommie E. Thomas on February 2, 1946, in Flora, and together they shared 62 wedding anniversaries until his death on July 23, 2008.
Maxine had worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Martin in Flora and was a housekeeper for several years. She was a member of First Christian Church in Flora. Maxine played fiddle in the band Blue Notes and had been inducted in the Fiddlers Hall of Fame in Arcola and was a member of the Illinois Old Time Fiddlers Association. Music was her life and she greatly enjoyed fiddling, often playing at retirement and nursing homes where she shared her love of music with many over the years.
She is survived by a son: Donald (Janice) Thomas of Dundas; a son-in-law: Ted Biehl of Olney; sister-in-law: Sophia Fulk of Blue Mound; 6 grandchildren: Kyle Thomas of New York, Trace (Melanie) Thomas of California, Brent (Angie) Zerkle of Dundas, Milisa (Tony) Chapman of West Salem, Nathan (Nikki) Biehl of Pennsylvania, and Tiffany Thomas of Florida; 6 great-grandchildren; a brother: Learnie Fulk of Decatur; a sister: Rowena Newkirk of Flora; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a son: Kevin Lee Thomas; a daughter: Sharon Biehl; 3 brothers: Everett “Jr.” Monroe Fulk, Tommy Dean Fulk, and Charles “Gene” Fulk; and 2 sisters-in-law: Nancy Fulk and Pauline Fulk.
A private funeral ceremony will be held with interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Flora. Arrangements are by Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora. Memorial donations are suggested to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in honor of her son Kevin Lee Thomas and will be accepted through the funeral home. To share a condolence or memory, visit: www.frankandbright.com
Our condolences to our friend, Rowena Newkirk, and to the rest of Maxine’s family.
I remember Maxine. She was such a friendly lady. She played her fiddle beautifully. I'm sure she will still play it in heaven. I offer my condolences to the family.
Rowena - Thinking of you at the sad time.....you are in my thoughts and prayers....
Maxine and I worked as dental assistants for Dr. Martin back in the sixties. I remember her fondly--love and prayers for her family.
Don and Janice, so sorry for your loss. My sympathies to the entire family. We always miss our Mamas when they are gone. May God grant you peace and strength.
What a wonderful person and always had a smile. She wad a worker and seemed to enjoy every ounce of life. She is definitely a part of the hard working women.
Rowena, Maxine brought happiness to many people with her music! God gave her a wonderful talent ! Our sympathy to you & the family. She was very lucky to have you as a sister!
So very sorry to hear about Maxine. Our sympathy to all the family.
We both remember Maxine at Dr. Martin's office. She was always so kind and friendly. Our condolences to our dear friend Rowena and the rest of Maxine's family.
Donnie and Family: Our condolences to each of you in your loss. Please know that we are remembering you in our thoughts and prayers.
Don, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family with the passing of your Mom. May God bring you peace of mind and comfort in the days ahead as you recall and share many precious memories. God bless you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
I’m so sorry for your loss. Much love to my friend Rowena and the rest of your family.
As Aunt Maxine's niece, I have so many wonderful childhood memories of her and the Fulk Clan. Aunt Maxine was an amazing woman who was a great mom, wife and sister. My father, Everett looked up to his older sister with a lot of respect. She was a talented musician and I always looked forward to our gatherings as I got to listen to my Uncles, Grandpa & my Aunt Maxine play the country music they loved so. She will be so missed. My love goes out to Donny and my family, may the memories keep you going!
So sorry to read about Maxine. She was a special, talented lady and I have many fond childhood memories of her.
Rowena,Very sorry at the death of Maxine. I met your sister at the nursing home many years ago.She visited every day. I visited my husbands aunt and fed meals to her.She was a sweet lady devoted to Tommy . You and her family are in my prayers .