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Arleta "Joan" Thomas

November 14, 2019


Arleta “Joan” Thomas, age 87, of Hays, Kansas passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society, Hays. She was born June 6, 1932 in Glen Elder, Kansas to Lloyd and Grace (Shaffer) Golladay. On October 5, 1995 she married Marvin Thomas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Joan had worked as a bookkeeper of Oldham Sales in Hays and as a receptionist for Alliance Life Insurance Company in McPherson, Kansas as well as Home Insurance Company in Overland Park, Kansas. She was a member of the Beloit VFW Auxiliary and enjoyed time with her grandchildren and dancing.

She is survived by her husband Marvin of Hays; a son, Gary Guard of Hays; a step son, Duane Thomas of Hays; a daughter, Gayla Guard of Merriam, Kansas; two step daughters, Connie Schmidt and Michelle Hay both of Lincoln, Nebraska; a sister, Betty Krier of Beloit, Kansas; ten grandchildren, Shaun, Shanna, Connor, Craig, Matthew, Dena, Drew, Taylor, Madison and Katie as well as four great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Greg Guard; a brother, Robert Golladay and a daughter-in-law, Glinda Guard.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Monday, November 18, 2019 at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601. Burial will be 3 PM Monday at St. John Cemetery in Beloit, Kansas.

Visitation will be Sunday 5 PM – 8 PM and Monday 10 AM until service time all at the funeral chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice at HaysMed or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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November 17, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Brock's North Hill Chapel
2509 Vine Street
Hays, Kansas 67601

Funeral Service
November 18, 2019

10:30 AM
Brock's North Hill Chapel
2509 Vine Street
Hays, Kansas 67601

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