She was born April 17, 1917, in Parke County, the daughter of Howard Randall and Bertha (Carmichael) Adamson. She graduated from Greencastle High School as well as Indiana Teachers College. Ellen taught at Lena School for one year. She married Gerald Thomas May 7, 1939. Together, they owned and operated Thomas Store in Lena for many years.
Ellen volunteered at the Clay County Food Pantry. She was a member of the McKinley Hill Church of Christ, the Tri-County Home Extension Club and Good Neighbor Club. Ellen received the distinction of Honorary Alumnus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She was also an avid seamstress and quilter, and enjoyed spending time and playing games with her family and friends.
In her free time, she enjoyed bird watching, reading, poetry, and writing letters to friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Sharon Thomas, and two brothers Raymond Adamson and George Adamson.
Survivors include two sons Mike Thomas, Birmingham, Mich., and Steve Thomas and wife Carolyn, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., daughter-in-law Carolyn Thomas, Grosse Pointe, Mich., grandchildren Stacy Koehler and husband John, Center Point, Lesley Hermann and husband Peter, Nashville, Tenn., Brendan Thomas, Chicago, Alexander Thomas, Nickolas Thomas, Kristopher Thomas, all of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., great-grandchildren Ashley, Erica, Emma and Conrad Koehler, Center Point, and Hazel Hermann, Nashville, Tenn, sister Ethel Watt, Greencastle, sisters-in-law Delilah Adamson, Rockville and Norma Lu Matthias, Point Reys Station, Calif., as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at French Funeral Home Saturday, April 10, 2010, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Rick Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday, from 5-7 p.m., and again Saturday from noon until time of services. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the Clay County Food Pantry 506 E. Pinckley St. Brazil, Ind. 47834.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.