Sarah Jane Thames
Sarah Jane Thames
  • July 1, 1925 - November 6, 2017
  • Lufkin, Texas

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Services for Sarah Jane Brazil Thames, 92, of Lufkin, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2017 in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Mark Newton and Reverend John Bingham officiating. A private family burial will be held earlier at Garden of Memories Memorial Park.
Mrs. Thames was born July 1, 1925 in Lufkin Texas, the daughter of the late Sarah Emma (McCall) and Judge Carmen E. Brazil. She passed away Monday, November 6, 2017 in a local hospice facility after a short illness, on what would have been her 69th wedding anniversary.
Sarah Jane (Sa-Sa, as she was affectionately known by friends and family) was a lifelong resident of Lufkin. She graduated from Lufkin High School in 1941. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1945. After graduation, she returned to Lufkin and worked as a secretary for Mr. Lloyd Schenk at the Perkins-Goodwin company. She married Dr. W. D. Thames, Jr. on November 6, 1948.
Sarah Jane was a faithful doctor's wife and was very active in her community and church. She was a member of the Lufkin Historical and Literary Club, joining in 1951 and serving as President from 1961 to 1963. She became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Anthony Smith Chapter, in 1981, serving as Chapter Regent from 1986 to 1988. She was a member of Lufkin's First Baptist Church for most of her life. She taught Sunday School and was very active in the Women's Missionary Union for many years. She always loved entertaining people in her lovely home, whether it was her bridge club, church groups, club meetings or family gatherings. She especially enjoyed celebrating birthdays with her dearest friends.
After W.D. retired, he and Sarah Jane traveled extensively, enjoying trips to Europe, China, the Holy Land and throughout the United States. They also enjoyed cruises, touring Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean. Sarah Jane moved to PineCrest Retirement Community in 2005 with W.D.
The family would like to thank the caregivers who helped our mother over the last five years, especially Elizabeth Turner of Quality Care Services, and all the sitters from PineCrest Home Health. We would also like to thank the nurses and staff of the Healthcare unit at PineCrest, especially nurse Trina Mantilla and the staff and caregivers at Hospice in the Pines. We also appreciate the excellent medical care she received from Dr. Sean Moran and Dr. Cherry Mathew.
Survivors include her daughter, Ina Jane Thames of Lufkin; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Anne and Jay Clement of Austin; grandchildren, Jake Clement of San Marcos, and Sarah Clement of Fort Worth; sister-in-law, Dollie Thames Stone of Dayton; brother-in-law, Dr. W.D. (Billy) O'Quinn of Lufkin; nieces, Carol Brazil Brown of Gatesville, Ellen O'Quinn Sorrell of Lufkin, and Nancy O'Quinn Thomas of Apple Springs, and a number of other relatives.
Mrs. Thames was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. W.D. Thames, Jr. in 2010 and her brother, Dan Brazil in 2011.
Pallbearers will be Jack Brown, Charles Evans, Steve Hogue, Scott McIlveene, Dr. Sid Roberts and Ryan Sorrell.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Organ Repair Fund or Capital Campaign Building Fund of Lufkin's First Baptist Church, 106 E. Bremond, Lufkin, TX 75901; Friends of the Kurth Memorial Library, 706 S. Raguet, Lufkin, TX 75904; Hospice in the Pines, 1504 W. Frank Ave, Lufkin, TX 75904, or the charity of your choice.
Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 10th at Gipson Funeral Home. A reception will be held in the auditorium at PineCrest Retirement Community at 3:00 p.m. Saturday after the service.
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Services have been placed in the trust of Gipson Funeral Home.