Laurie Ann Thomas

10/06/1959 – 05/15/2020

Obituary for Laurie Ann Thomas

Laurie Ann Thomas, 60, of Mountain Home, AR passed away Friday, May 15, 2020 at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home. She was born on October 6, 1959 in Sedalia, MO the daughter of Emil Hoard Jr. and Joy (Harmon) Hoard, who preceded her in death.

On June 26, 2004 at Silver Dollar City, MO she was united in marriage to Richard Thomas, who survives of the home.

Laurie graduated from Smith Cotton High School in 1978 and earned an Associate’s degree from State Fair Community College. In 2017, she received a Bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University in Technology Management.

Laurie worked in the Norma Wood Library at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home since 1998, with her most recent position being a digital services coordinator. Laurie was an extremely hard worker, and she loved her job and the people she worked with very much. Her “library crew” had a very special place in her heart, and she greatly enjoyed helping both faculty and students at the college.

Laurie’s multi-talents ranged from computer skills, to decorating, to sewing. She was extremely thoughtful as evidenced by her buying the perfect Christmas gifts for her family all year round. Laurie was dedicated, and she always gave her all in everything she did. She enjoyed studying her family genealogy, and her favorite place to go with her family was Silver Dollar City and the beach.

Laurie had endless amounts of love for her family, and she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt.

Besides her husband, survivors include three sons, Chris Ditzfeld, Justin Thomas ( Sarah), and Toby Thomas; one brother, David Hoard (Beth); six grandchildren, Aspen, Alex, Natalie, Connor, Derrick, and Maddie; two nieces, Emily and Abby Hoard.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Sedalia, MO with Rev. Dan Hankins officiating.

The graveside service will be streamed live on Facebook at Like and follow our page to get notified of Live-stream.

In addition to the graveside service, a Celebration-of-Life will be held in Mountain Home, AR at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice in care of Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia, MO.




02:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Memorial Park Cemetery
3306 Greenridge Rd
Sedalia, MO 65301
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Laurie was wonderful to work with as she always had a smile, and encouraging words. I worked with Laurie in the library as a student and she taught me so much about computers. She was also very encouraging to me as a non-traditional student. She was a lovely lady, I have fond memories of her. I always took a minute to sneak back and say hello to her when I began working on the campus as an instructor. Laurie was always a bright spot in the day. I pray now for comfort for those she left early.
– Sharla Felkins
Laurie (my cousin) is part of so many of my childhood memories of summers visiting our grandparents. She was such a big part of keeping our family connected. I still can’t believe she’s gone. Hugs to Rick, Christopher, David and all the spouses and kids.
– Deb Dunsford
Living a few houses down from Laurie made me have the best childhood ever! We had so much fun growing up! Slumber parties, basement parties, singing a long to records and acting out the songs! What a wonderful person she was! Always fun , smart, beautiful! A big hole is in my heart for losing her too will never be forgotten sweet lady! Love you forever! Until we meet again
– Terri Rogers
Laurie will be missed. I had the pleasure of working with her more the last few years and getting to know her better at ASUMH. She always put others first, especially students and stood out as an example of caring and compassion. My prayers are with her husband and family. May she rest in peace.
– Cathy Leppold
Laurie was a gem and blessing to all of us at ASUMH. She came right around the end of a librarian that did not like our students and many would not go to the library due to his demeanor toward them. Laurie was a breath of fresh air to the students, faculty and everyone else she came in contact with. As the years rolled by, her smile and positive attitude never failed. You could go to the library on any day and be greated with an uplift and caring help – usually above and beyond what you came for!!! The last time I saw her in the library, she was there because there was something SHE needed to do before she began her extended leave of absence. AND she was there with a smile on her face. People like Laurie makes “working” at ASUMH a pleasure, not a job. She will be missed by me, but I’ll have a bushel full that is overflowing with wonderful memories of her. My heart goes out to the family and her husband – who is a really neat guy. Laurie was there when my first wife passed away and time takes the edge off the hurt and fills the void with memories of good friends like Laurie. May God give you peace and comfort in this time of sorrow.
– David Bendler
I am so sorry to hear of Laurie’s passing. I have known her since we were kids in Sedalia, but hadn’t seen her for years until our 40th reunion. Laurie was such a sweetheart, always open to others, caring, and supportive. She was a huge part of our community in school at made a big difference in the lives of others. She will be sorely missed, but we are so grateful to have known her. Rest in Peace Laurie.
– David Braverman

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