Burthalenoh “Shorty” Thomas was born January 18th, 1925 in Coryell County, Texas the daughter of James Burke and Cora Burke Oldham. She passed from this life on Sunday, July 21st, 2019 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was 94.
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Burthalenoh was a praying wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She prayed for her family every day. She was very diligent in her devotion time with her savior and enjoyed reading her bible every day. She taught her family true faith and displayed her faith to everyone around her for her entire life. She was a very devoted pastor's wife to her husband, James. She helped James in the church by teaching Sunday School, leading children's church, conducting VBS, planning the Christmas program, and helping with any other need that may have come up at the church.
Burthalenoh had the gift of hospitality and loved entertaining people in her home especially other pastors and evangelists. She was famous for her Sunday dinners of fried chicken and mayonnaise cake. She also loved to play games with her family and especially enjoyed Chinese Checkers; she always won of course. She always had a beautiful smile and loved to laugh at all the crazy things her husband and children did. She never had a cross word to say about anyone and loved everyone. She was a gentle and gracious person always extending grace to those around her. She truly was a Proverbs 31 woman.
Survivors include Three Sons: James Nathan Thomas and wife Janette of Avon, Indiana, Jackson Thomas of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Garland Dale Thomas of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Three Daughters Cora Estelle Weisner of Oklahoma, Sandra Lynn Tyler of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Lisa Gale Halbert of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Brother Donald Burke of Westville, Oklahoma; Sister Florine Watson of California; 23 Grandchildren and 32 Great Grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, July 27th, 2019 at the New Life Worship Center 16818 Highway 62 Tahlequah, Oklahoma with Rev. David Thomas officiating. Interment will follow in the Westville City Cemetery in Westville, Oklahoma under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home. Viewing will be Friday from 9 am to 8 pm at Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home in Ft. Gibson, Oklahoma. The family will greet friends on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Her Grandsons will serve her as Pallbearers.