Dorothy (Leach) Thomas

Born: Sun., Dec. 30, 1945
Died: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Wed., Oct. 24, 2018
Location: West Alexandria Location

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Oct. 24, 2018
Location: Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home

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Dorothy Alene Thomas, born December 30, 1945, passed away peacefully on October 19, 2018 following a brief and sudden illness. She was surrounded by her immediate family.

Dorothy was the youngest of five born to Myrtle and Glover Leach. She grew up in Preble County on State Route 503 and graduated from Lanier High School in 1963. Dorothy wanted to be a nurse from the time she was in third grade and made that
dream come true when she graduated from the Dayton School of Practical Nursing in 1966. She worked in a variety of settings during her 52 year career in nursing, including Miami Valley Hospital, Grandview Medical Center, and several nursing homes before joining Hospice of Dayton in 2003, which was the pinnacle of her career. She personified the mission of Hospice of Dayton and found no greater joy in life, aside from spending time with her family, than providing exemplary care to her patients, providing a calming and educating force for patient’s families, and serving as a tremendous friend and example for her co-workers.

Survivors include daughter, H. Michele Thomas, son, Joshua Thomas (Diana), brother Gary Leach, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and two sweet Golden Retrievers, Hillary and Violet. She is preceded in death by her parents, Myrtle and Glover Leach, sisters Anita Leach and Rita Marcum, and brother Harold Leach, as well as numerous other family members who made her life rich in love, experience, and knowledge of family history. She is also survived by innumerable friends and co-workers who loved her dearly.

Tremendous thanks is extended to the staff of Miami Valley Hospital and Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, especially Carrie Kerby, NP, Dr. Eshetu Obole, Dr. Agustus K. Eduafo, Heather Douglas, Kristy Brock, Dr. Rana Patel, and Dr. Cleanne Cass.
Donations may be made in honor of Dorothy to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.

Visitation will be held at Lindloff- Zimmerman Funeral Home in West Alexandria, OH on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM with the funeral service starting at 11:00 AM. Burial will be held at Fairview Cemetery West Alexandria, OH

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Noah sampson
   Posted Fri October 19, 2018
My condolences to Josh, Michelle, and family. Dorothy was a wonderful person with such a caring heart! She will be greatly missed by all who had the extreme joy of knowing her.

Tammy Diesen
   Posted Fri October 19, 2018
You and all of your family have my condolence. It hurts to lose a loved one. They say the pain of the loss will fade but it has not for me but it does get easier to deal with the loss. One day you will be reunited with all of your loved ones. Hugs to you and all of your family. May God be with you and your family in this time of need. May God Bless you all.

Lisa (Leach) Williams
   Posted Fri October 19, 2018
My heart and prayers go out to you Michelle and Josh. I always remember your mom with a smile on her face and arms wide open wanting a.hug.Have faith during this time and lean onour heabenly father. Know you will see her again someday. You will always have a smiling angel with arms wrapped around you.

Lisa Williams
   Posted Fri October 19, 2018

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Lisa (Leach) Williams, David and Sharon Leach.

In our thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Horner
   Posted Sat October 20, 2018
Aunt Dorothy was a special person to me. She is unforgettable in her own way. I have such great memories of her. She always had a smile and big hug waiting, for mostly all that she greeted. She will never be forgotten. I will miss our talks. She could always make me laugh. She was such a fun person to be around. I will always cherish our memories. RIP Aunt Dorothy

Love, Kathy

Michelle Sweetnich
   Posted Sun October 21, 2018
Our hearts are with the family, Dorothy was a gift to this world and the next, we miss her dearly.

Sherry Wilson
   Posted Mon October 22, 2018

TROPICAL DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by Delbert and Evelyn Cooper. The Wilson family.

We are so sorry to hear about her passing. She will be greatly missed. Love, Delbert and Evelyn Cooper, The Wilson family

Sharon DiGiacomo
   Posted Mon October 22, 2018

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Sharon Vogt DiGiacomo.

Remembering our sweet cousin "Dottie" with love and deepest sympathy for her family from Doug and Sharon DiGiacomo and family

Millie Grebner
   Posted Tue October 23, 2018
Many thoughts and prayers and my deepest condolences to her family and friends. Dorothy was the sweetest and kindest friend and coworker. I truly looked forward to every time we worked together in caring for our patients. I learned so much from her caring and compassionate care of our patients. We could talk for hours and only see each other months and months apart but it was like we talked everyday. Her kind spirit and soul will be truly missed.

Millie Grebner LPN CHPLN

Dr. Amy Mestemaker
   Posted Wed October 24, 2018
She was so wonderful to work with in hospice. I always loved seeing her and hearing her voice when she called. I am glad to have gotten to know her better when she was caring for her sister. She is absolutely missed!

JoEllen Tapalman
   Posted Sat October 27, 2018
To Dorothy’s family,
I am so sorry to learn of Dorothy’s passing. She was working at Govern Harris
Nursing home when I was an aide there while going to nursing school. She was
So sweet and knowledgeable and was willing to help me study and prepare for my exams. My thoughts and prayers for all her family.

Vickey Place, LPN
   Posted Mon October 29, 2018
I am so sorry to Dorothy's family to hear of her passing. I have been with Hospice for just over a year. I feel blessed to have met Dorothy. She gave me advice that I will carry with me.

God Bless,

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