Lela Mae Thomas, 86, of Manchester, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Private Family Funeral Service was held Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Earlville United Parish in Earlville. Reverend Jill Mack officiated.

Public Visitation was held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at Earlville United Parish in Earlville.

Interment: Fairview Cemetery-Earlville.

Casket Bearers: Jason Dighton, Drew Thomas, Nate Thomas, Jon Thomas, Jacob Thomas and Lucas Thomas.

Lela was born Dec. 5, 1934 in Arbela, Mo., the daughter of Roy and Hallie (Beard) Adams. Lela graduated from high school in Gorin, Mo.

On July 17, 1952, Lela was united in marriage to John M. Thomas at Fort Madison. Five children were born to this union and together they resided in Earlville. Lela was a homemaker and a real estate agent for many years.

Lela enjoyed bingo, euchre, cards and following Maquoketa Valley sports. She was a long-time member of Earlville United Parish. She loved spending time with her family most of all.

Survivors include her four children, Carol (Charles) Dighton of Manchester, Mark (Lila) Thomas of Marion, Jeff (Donna) Thomas of Earlville, Bill (Laura) Thomas of Manchester; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles Adams of Gorin, Mo.; and one brother-in-law, Gary (Sharon) Thomas of Libertyville, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

Lela was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John, in 1991; an infant son, Johnny Michael Thomas; her brother, Roy Adams Jr. and one sister, Mary Lou Adams Shaw.

Memorials may be directed to Maquoketa Valley Dollars for Scholars.

Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.