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Rose Marie Thomas

April 13, 1955 — January 2, 2024


Rosie Marie Thomas passed away peacefully on January 1, 2024 at Bates County Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. Rosie was born April 13, 1955 to Herschel Maxwell Thomas and Bessie Jane (Church) Thomas in Butler, Missouri.

Rosie grew up with her three brothers in a small farmhouse in Foster, MO. She lived most of her life in Rich Hill, MO. Her hobbies were riding her bike around town and going to the Opera. She would sell coupon books for the Boys’ Home. She kept a notebook of names of all the people who bought and how many coupon books she sold. She also loved doing puzzles, word search books, and watching her soaps on TV (a time of day you didn’t want to interrupt her). She was very proud of her new trailer and wanted to have Thanksgiving Dinner there, and she did.

She is survived by brothers, Art Thomas and Cindy of Rich Hill; Jack Wessel and Linda of Independence, MO; and Allen Thomas of Blackfoot, ID; many nieces and nephews: Travis and Natalie, Nicole and Jeremy, Joshua and Natalie, Chris and Jessica, Oakley and Rachel; great nieces and nephews: Jarren, Shelby, Katelynn, Sabrina, Kipton, Skylar, Kyle, Darren, Addison, Elizah, Trinity, Charlene, Steven, Taylor; great-great-niece, Kennedy; and cousins, Kathy Rost and Bill Church, and Jennifer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herschel & Bessie Thomas; grandparents, James Thomas and Rosa (Cobb) Thomas; and Edgar Church and Luty (Hilt) Church.


A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 pm Friday, January 5, 2024 at the Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill, Missouri.  Interment at a later date in Salem Cemetery.  Online condolences can be left at  


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