Peggy Louise Guy (Thomas) “Mom” was born Sept. 29, 1937, in Joplin, Mo., to John Welton and Juanita (Fraker) Shanks and passed into heaven on Monday morning, Oct. 15, 2012, in the hospital in Waco, Texas, after a brief illness.
She had one older brother, James Ralph. They were raised by their paternal grandparents in Carlsbad, N.M., where she graduated from high school, before going on to beautician school. She and Franklin Delano Hamme married and had four children, Daniel, Terry, Russell and Lorina. They divorced and she later was married to husband, Robert William Thomas “Bob“, Sr., until his death in 1978. Together they had nine children, Roberta, Robert Jr., Rita, Richard, Ronda, Rebecca, twin daughters Roxanne and Ramona, and Roy. A time after Bob’s death, she was briefly married to Frank Guy.
Our Mom had a big, strong, loving heart and helped many people even when her circumstances were dire. She once said that she never considered herself “poor.”
She listed highly among some of her life adventures, a dance with Elvis in a club in El Paso, Texas. She collected frogs, watched SciFi, loved to dance, read westerns, and loved the Twilight series. In 1977 she, son Terry, and husband Bob were in a serious truck accident in the Chicken Creek area where they lived.
Mom’s neck and back were broken, but she managed to crawl out of the truck, put her feet against the door and push to straighten her back before the ambulance came. This mostly ended one of her favorite pastimes, gardening.
Her favorite flower was roses, but she also loved lilacs. She lived the rest of her life in frequent pain and could not work, but was a homemaker who loved her family fiercely and, despite the loss of Bob in 1978, when their youngest child, Roy, was only a year old, kept her home together. She was a very tough, strong, woman of conviction and abiding spirit, but also possessed a gentle, loving, comforting hand, faith in God and love for Jesus, and proudly instilled these attributes in her children.
After moving to Corsicana, Texas, with Frank Guy and most of her children. She and her sons, Terry and Russell, owned and operated County Line Tires and B&T Demolition until their closing in 1997. Most of her younger children finished their schooling there, and much of the family continues to reside there with their own families.
Always, her children and grandchildren remained very dear and close in her heart, and she frequently visited our homes especially if there were some trouble with which she hoped to help us. We were always on her mind. Her love, comfort, help, wisdom, determination and strength live on in us.
She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents; husband, Robert Thomas; brother, James “Ralph” Shanks; grandson, Elias Compoz; daughter, Rebecca Huerta (Thomas); great-grandson, Tres Eugene Shepard; and great-granddaughter, Skylar Gene Shepard.
Those who survive her memory are: Daniel “Dan“ Hamme and wife Maudie, Terry Hamme and wife Sarah, Russell Hamme, Lorina Shepard (Hamme) and husband Billy, Roberta McClain (Thomas) and husband Tony, Robert Thomas and wife Haven, Rita Griesenbech (Thomas) and partner Tylo Adame, Richard Thomas and wife Kimberlee, Ronda Coleman (Thomas), Roxanne Gathrang (Thomas) and husband Hyginus, Ramona Rubio (Thomas) and husband Esteban, Roy Thomas and wife Angie, family friend Billy Joe “JoJo” Palms, Jr., and numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
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