Judith Irene Thomas of Shinnston passed away April 2, 2021 at United Hospital Center following a brief illness. She was born September 17, 1946 in Fairmont, WV the daughter of late Charles “Charlie” Stalnaker and Violet “Pug” (Nolder) Stalnaker.
She is survived by the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Thomas. They were married almost 50 years and had one daughter, Crystal (Thomas) Parker and one grandson, Clint Parker. Her world revolved around Crystal and Clint. She loved every minute of it.
She will be deeply missed by her four sisters and two brothers. Charlene (Loudin) Childers (Art) of Shinnston, Shirley (Stalnaker) Nicholson Lilley (Bob) of Lumberport, Debbie (Stalnaker) Ashcraft of Shinnston, Penny (Stalnaker) Cochran of Worthington, Chuck Stalnaker of Lumberport and Mike Stalnaker (Tami) also of Lumberport. Several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Also surviving are her brother-in-law Dave Thomas (Donna) of Lumberport and sister-in-law Sue (Thomas) Gooden of Joetown.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers-in-laws Nick Nicholson, Ronnie Ashcraft, and Cliff Cochran. Sister-in-law Jill Stalnaker. Father-in-law Santford Thomas and mother-in-law Genevieve Thomas. Brother-in-laws Ted and Ed Scritchfield and David Gooden. Sister-in-law Phyllis Newbrough.
Judy grew up on Pleasant Hill in Shinnston. She was a stay at home mom while Bob worked for the Board of Education.
In 2010, she and her sisters opened Shabby Chic Sisters in Shinnston. Judy loved talking to the customers who she thought of as friends.
As the second to the oldest of seven children, Judy helped take care of her younger siblings. All of the sisters loved to dance the Jitterbug and sing “Going to the Chapel” for their Dad.
She once said she felt like she hadn’t contributed much to society because she never had a “regular” job. She was quickly reminded she had helped raise three generations of her family along with babysitting the children of friends and neighbors. She did in fact have a huge impact by instilling morals and loving unconditionally. When the kids would misbehave or make some bad choices she would always say “we need to talk.” She would explain the problem and why the behavior or words were wrong. Every “talk” ended with a hug and I love you.
Judy attended every school, band, basketball game or awards ceremony Clint was involved in until her health prevented it. She was his biggest supporter and cheerleader and so proud of the young man he is becoming.
She enjoyed making jewelry, cross stitching, and watching “The Curse of Oak Island.” She collected antiques and loved going to estate sales. More than anything else, she loved spending time with her family. There was always a lot of good food, sharing of memories, and laughter. Her laugh was contagious and those around her couldn’t help but laugh along with her.
The family would like to thank the staff of Stonerise Clarksburg (formerly known as River Oaks) for their care and dedication.
Also, a special thanks to the staff of United Hospital Center Critical Care Unit. They went above and beyond to provide great care in her last days. The compassion shown to her and her family was truly a Godsend and saying “thank you” will never be enough.
Family will receive friends at Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 South Pike Street in Shinnston on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 2pm – 8pm. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 11am with Pastor Duane Bartrug officiating. Internment will follow at the Shinnston Memorial Cemetery.
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