Frank & Bright Funeral Home

Maxine Thomas

Jan 7th, 1928 - Mar 23rd, 2023

     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: