Fannie Pearl Thomas was a loving mother who enjoyed taking her children on outings and always making sure they ate a good breakfast, said her son, Anthony Thomas.
“We didn’t have Cheerios,” he recalled. “She always made bacon and eggs or pancakes. And she was a good cook.”
Fannie Pearl (Shern) Thomas was born April 24, 1939, in Steens, Miss. She later moved to the Chicago area, living in Markham and Harvey and then Hammond, where her daughter cared for her in recent months.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mose Thomas Jr. The couple were married for 47 years at the time of his death. They had three children: Antoine (deceased), Antoinette and Anthony. She was a grandmother of 20 and a great-grandmother of 14.
Thomas graduated from Mississippi Vocational College and worked as a licensed practical nurse at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights for 26 years. Anthony Thomas described his mother as “the greatest” and he said that “she was always there for her family.”
He has fond memories of his mother taking them on outings as children and his favorite was when they would go to the local carnivals.
“She loved the Ferris wheel,” said her son. “Not the ones that would spin or the roller coasters, but she loved the Ferris wheel.”
Her son also said that she was very family oriented and liked gardening and spending time at home with family. Each Sunday she’d attend gatherings at an aunt’s house following church. She faithfully attended First Wesley Academy United Methodist Church in Harvey.