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Frances âJeanâ Thomason, 87, passed away at her residence Monday, June 18, 2012. She was born Aug. 29, 1924, to Walter and Ruth (Erwin) Duncan at McQueen, Okla. She graduated from Reed, Okla., High School in 1942. She attended Mangum Junior College. She married JT Thomason on Sept. 13, 1942, in Russell, Okla.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Myers & Smith Chapel with Rick Cunningham, minister of 14th and Main Church of Christ, officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday at Lowell-Tims Funeral Home in Altus, Okla. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Riverside Cemetery in Mangum, Okla.
Shortly after their marriage, JT joined the U.S. Army to serve his country in WWII. Jean moved to Amarillo and worked at Pantex, assembling bombs for the war effort until JT returned home. They then moved and settled in Magnum, Okla., until 1990, at which time they moved to Altus, Okla.
They farmed and ranched in that area until retirement. Jean worked many years at the Mangum Hospital. Her jobs included working in the lab, X-ray and EKG departments.
Her greatest memory of working in the medical field was assisting with the first Polio vaccine clinic. She often marveled at all the changes technology and science brought to healthcare during her career and after. It was her influence that started many young people into the healthcare professions, including some family members.
Jean moved to Big Spring in January 2005, after the passing of her husband of 62 years. She attended the 14th and Main Church of Christ, where she was active in the Ladies Bible Class. Her hobbies through the years included bible studies, water skiing, bridge, cards, reading and traveling with family and friends.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; husband, JT; son, David Thomason; sister, Colleen Lowry; nephew, Rodney Lowry; niece, Gayla Lowry; and great-niece, Tammy D. Ream.
Jean is survived by nephews, David Martin of Austin and Carlos Thomason of Altus.; nieces, Carolyn Fowble and husband Bill and Mertie Edwards and husband Syndey, all of Altus, Tricia McCain of Colorado City and Shirleen Brown of Big Spring; great-nephews Larry Lowry of Lewisville, David Brown of Spring, JW Heath of Midland, Jeremy Thomason and Kevin Thomason of Okla., Doug Edwards and Heath Edwards; and great-nieces, Dana Fowble of Virgina and Tina Fowble of Norman, Okla.; great-great-nephew, Forrest Ream and great-great-niece, Reagan Ream, both of Midland. She is also survived by many cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations to Westview Boys Home, P.O. Box 553, Hollis, Okla. 73550-9901; or the Tammy D. Ream Memorial Scholarship for Physician Assistants, c/o Texas Tech University Health Science Center PA Program, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas 79705.
Arrangements are under the direction of Myers and Smith Funeral Home. Pay your respects online at www.myersandmsith.com