Dolores M. Thomas

Dolores M. Thomas, age 72, of Kadoka, died Saturday morning, July 17, 2004, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Wednesday, July 21, at the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Jean Weller, pianist, and Susan Davidson, vocalist. Ushers were Bruce Madsen and Paul Briggs. Pallbearers were Mike, Greg, Andrew, Dan and Philip Thomas and Wib Osborn.

Interment was in the Kadoka Cemetery. Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka was in charge of the arrangements.

Dolores M. Orelup was born in Rapid City, SD, September 10, 1931, the daughter of Charles and Olga (Printz) Orelup. She grew up in Rapid City and attended Cleghorn School and graduated from Rapid City High School in 1949.

In 1950, she married Lowell P. Thomas, and to this union were born three sons, Michael, Timothy and Gregory.

In 1965, the family moved to Kadoka where she resided until her death. She owned and operated a grocery store, the People's Market, for many years, and later co-owned and operated the Kadoka Sundries until her retirement.

Her interests in life were many. She loved to read, especially mystery novels, and was an avid crossword puzzle worker. She played the violin in high school, which lead to a lifetime love of music of all kinds. She had a "green thumb" with houseplants and her flower garden.

She kept her wonderful sense of humor until the end. She fought her battle with cancer the way she approached life – quietly and with a steady and unassuming dignity and determination, never complaining, grateful for the help and many kindnesses shown her, and with a disarming wit.

She will be missed by many, especially her sons, to whom she was an everyday mother-heroine figure, her grandchildren and her special friend of the last 30 years, C.D. "Wib" Osborn.

Grateful for having shared her life are her three sons, Mike Thomas and his wife, Elizabeth, of Aiken, SC, Tim Thomas and his wife, Linda, of Rapid City, and Greg Thomas of Colora, MD; nine grandchildren, Michelle, Kim, Andrew, Daniel, Phillip, Becky, Melanie, Gregory II and Briana; two great-grandchildren, Aaron and Ella; three brothers, Jim Orelup and his wife, Billee of Newport Beach, CA, Chet Orelup of Tucson, AZ, and Robert "Bob" Orelup of Rapid City; a sister, JoAnne Dahl and her husband, Jerry, of Green Valley, AZ; a very special friend, Wib Osborn of Kadoka; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial is established.