Yvonne Maria Mary Marshall Thomas, 78 of Temple Hills, MD, passed from this life on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. She was the oldest of four girls born on March 2, 1940 to the late Wilson Alexander and Alice Miles Marshall.
On February 7, 1959, she married the late Charles Edward Thomas and they were blessed with three lovely daughters, Chan, Tor, and Pooh. (better known as the little monsters).
Yvonne attended St. Joseph Colored Elementary School and Benjamin Banneker High School in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. She matriculated at Southeastern University for Accounting.
Yvonne was first employed as a clerk typist at Cameron Station, Department of Army in Virginia. She left Virginia because she wanted to work in the District of Columbia. Yvonne was a lady of many positions/talents. She worked as a clerk typist at the Weather Bureau. She held accounting positions at the Telephone Association, Office of Emergency Planning and the Naval Research Laboratory. She also worked for the Census Bureau, Assumption Catholic Church and was a substitute teacher in the Prince George’s County Public School System. To top this off, her favorite job was preparing tax returns for her many clients. She started this at age thirteen.
Some remarkable things about our Yvonne:
First, she had a penchant for news. She began reading the newspaper when she was seven. Unlike most people, Yvonne read her paper from back to front. When her eyesight became compromised, she would listen to the news on TV channels 4,5,7,8,9,50 and 76 Prince George’s County news. She was so good with the news she could play Jeopardy with the news channels including sports. She was an equal opportunity news watcher.
Second, she was extremely good with figures. You could say she was a wiz.
Three, her memory “what a memory”, it was phenomenal. She remembered things from the old to the present. She always remembered to call family and friends, especially her longtime friends to wish them a Happy Birthday. When Shernette (Pooh) would test her memory and family members needed family history, Yvonne always received an A PLUS.
In addition to what you may know about Yvonne, she liked the beach, shopping (QVC and HSN), playing the lottery in any state, watching her James Bond marathon, being with her family and friends. She also loved to give everyone nicknames such as Fuss-Budget, CK, Miss Happy, Renegade Woman, Old Man, Joe Blow, the Darden Six, Hope O. and Thrill Hill. She also loved a good challenge.
Yvonne’s memory lives on in the lives of her three devoted daughters, Chandra Edwards (Carlton), Vantora Thomas (Eugene Martin) and Shernette Thomas; two grandchildren, Chavonne Thomas (Jonathan Peacock) and Marc Thomas; three great-granddaughters, Hope Olivia Thomas Peacock, Christyal and Taylor Thomas; three sisters, Joyce M Bush, Mercedes M Ayers and Agnes W. Blackwell (David Sr.); sister-in-law, Regina Thomas Glover (George); niece, Lisa Blackwell-Brown (Justin); five nephews, Brian Thomas (Marcia), Ivan Thomas (Julia), Joseph Bush Jr., David Blackwell Jr. (Denise) and Christopher Ayers; two great-nieces, Devin Blackwell and Anastasia Bush; two great nephews, Dawit Blackwell and Langston Brown; one great-great-nephew, Hudson Blackwell; best friends, Mary Virginia Boylen and Roadrunner Willa Mae Spruill and a host of Godsons, adopted children, extended family, tax family and friends.
Family and friends will unite on Friday, February 22, 2019 for visitation at 10 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 3800 Ely Place, SE, Washington, DC. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 8000 Woodyard Rd., Clinton, MD.