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Kaye Frances (Markusen) Thomas

August 21, 1937 ~ July 18, 2018 (age 80)

Kaye F. Thomas, age 80, of Correctionville, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at her home of Correctionville.  A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM at the Grace United Methodist Church of Correctionville with Rev. Kim A. Crummer officiating.  Burial will be at the Correctionville Cemetery of Correctionville.  A visitation will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Correctionville. 

Kaye Frances Markusen Thomas was born August 21, 1937 to Albert and Frances (Hall) Markusen in Correctionville, Iowa.  She was a graduate of Correctionville High School.

She was united in marriage to Clarence “Buzz” Thomas Jr. on November 18, 1955 at the Grace United Methodist Church of Correctionville.  To this union three children were born, Kim, Carey and Casey. 

Kaye and Buzz moved to California in 1956 then moved back to Correctionville two years later to start their adventure in farming.  They farmed from 1958-2003 when she retired and moved to town following Buzz’s passing.  In addition to farming Kaye had several side jobs.  She was secretary of the Chuckwagon Association for 12 years while Buzz was racing and also played the organ for Grace United Methodist Church. Kaye had the most amazing voice and was very gifted at the organ and piano.  She played the piano and sang in a band with Buzz who played the guitar.  

Kaye always had a large garden that she tended with love and care.  She made delicious homemade bread and served it with her homemade butter, jellies and jams.  No one ever left her home hungry.  She always prepared enough to feed the thrashers also. 

Kaye is survived by  her daughter, Kim and husband Tom Turnage; five grandchildren, Jeff (Kara) Wortman, Corey (Hannah) Wortman, Cody (Kayla) Wortman, Ciara (David) Alioth and Cauy Thomas; great-grandchildren, Jazzmine, Jade, Jeremiah, Jessi-Ann, Emmalynn, Gage, Broc, Danika and Khloee.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Carey and Casey Thomas and sister Betty Lou.

 

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