Beth Thomas

May 10, 1935-April 22, 2020


May 5, 2020 - 9:28 AM

Beth Thomas

Beth Ann Thomas, 84, of Colony, died Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Yates Center. Beth, the daughter of Harry and Alice (Blizzard) Hurlock, was born May 10, 1935 in Iola. She graduated from Eudora, in 1953 and moved to El Dorado to join the nursing program.  

When Beth decided to marry in 1955, she had to leave the program as only single ladies were allowed. After the birth of her three children she chose to return to nursing at Butler County Community College in El Dorado where she began her nursing career at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.

Beth will always be remembered for her warm smile, infectious laugh, compassion for her patients, love of her family, orneriness and Mexican Cornbread.

Beth married Russell Thomas of Colony on July 16, 2007, where they resided until her death. Beth also has three children in which she instilled the importance of hard work, David Grosch of Abilene, Texas, Linda (Bob) Baines and Tom (Missy) Storrer of El Dorado. Her grandchildren, Lindsay (Stephen) Mills, Jason Grosch, Holly (Jim) Garner, Markie (Chris) Duntz, Shelbie Storrer, Erin Storrer and eight great-grandchildren will all miss her laugh and feisty nature.

Beth was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and six sisters.

A date for a memorial service has not been set yet. Burial will be in Iola. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Beth at 

May 1, 2020
April 23, 2020
April 10, 2020
January 17, 2020