A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Lila Mary Thomas, age 71, of Avon, will be held at 12:00 PM Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in Albany. Dan Brady will officiate. Lila died at her home Thursday evening after a courageous ten month battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family. There will be a visitation after 10:00 AM until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral home in Albany. Arrangements are being made through the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home, Albany.

Lila was born on March 24, 1942 in Melrose to Aloys and Marie (Poepping) Thomes. She grew up in the Melrose and Belgrade area and graduated from Belgrade High School. Lila married Ronald Olk on September 19, 1964 and together they had three children Jackie, Jill, and Jason. She later married David Thomas on November 21, 1981 in St. Cloud and was gifted six additional children Jay, John, Eileen, Traci, Adam, and Eric. Lila worked as a sales manager for Weeres Industries until she retired in 1999. She was a very social lady who enjoyed crosswords, horseracing, trips to the casino, wintering with friends in Florida, and living life to the fullest. Lila was an avid fisher and loved the time spent with family at the lake house. She especially enjoyed watching the sunrise on the dock with her morning coffee. Lila was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend to many. She was a class act and will be missed by all.

Lila is survived by her children, Jackie (Tim) Huver, Sartell; Jill Olk (Ken From), St. Joseph; Jason (Joan) Olk, Maple Grove; Jay (Sue) Thomas, Sauk Rapids; John (Dianne) Thomas, Little Rock, AR; Eileen Thomas (Bret), Coon Rapids; Traci Heitland (Ed), Richmond; Adam (Jeannie) Thomas, Del Mar, CA; Eric (Laura) Thomas, Temecula, CA; 15 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; her siblings Joann (Jerry) Loecken, Plymouth; Jerry (Gloria) Thomes, Little Falls; Ken (Kathy) Thomes, Melrose; Mary Kay (Ron) Althaus, Melrose; Karen (Greg) Studer, St. Cloud; Brenda (Dave) Blonigen, Avon; her loving friend James Cox, Bradenton, FL; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Aloys “Al” and Marie Thomes, her husband David in 2010, and Jessica, an infant daughter.

The family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice for the wonderful support to care for Lila. A special thanks to Meagan for the care and compassion she showed to Lila and the children.

Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society and St. Croix Hospice.