Lona LaRue Evans Thomas passed away peacefully in Hurricane, Utah, surrounded by family on her sweetheart’s birthday, March 20, 2016. Happy Birthday Dad!
Lona was born on May 4, 1938, to Louva June Brady and Stanley Burnett Evans in Pocatello, Idaho. She grew up in Arimo, Idaho, and attended North Marsh Valley High School where she met and fell in love with Harold “Earl” Thomas. Lona and Earl were married in the Logan LDS Temple on December 29, 1958, and have five children.
Lona’s passions were loving Earl, serving her family and friends, and helping people. She was a fun-loving soul who liked to play the piano, throw a backyard swim party, and take her kids and grand kids to the beach. Her freezer and pantry were always full of tubs of ice cream and treats.
As a very young girl, Lona developed a deep and abiding faith in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and her testimony guided her life. She served as the counselor or president of every ward and stake auxiliary during her life’s journey in Lewiston, Idaho; San Dimas, California; and Hurricane, Utah. She supported hundreds of missionaries and her husband as they presided over the Mississippi Jackson Mission.
Lona is survived by her children: Patti (Michael) Hanks, Jeanette (Brad) Campbell, Traci (David) Christiansen, Evan Earl Thomas (Jill Shoemaker), and Chad Harold Thomas (Tifany Richards). She is also survived by her sister, Debbie (Evans) Baldwin, 19 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
- Funeral services will be held Friday, March 25, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Hurricane LDS Stake Center, 677 S. 700 West, Hurricane, Utah.
- Visitations will be held Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at the Metcalf Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 140 No. Main Street and Friday, prior to services, from 1-1:45 p.m. at the Stake Center.
- Interment will be held at the Hurricane City Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of Metcalf Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 435-635-9922.
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