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Katherine Roby Thomas

June 11, 1929 — July 8, 2023

Philpot

Katherine Roby Thomas

Katherine Roby Thomas, 94, of Owensboro passed away Saturday, July 8, 2023, under the care of Hospice of W. Kentucky. The Daviess County native was born June 11, 1929, to the late Felix Godford Roby and Addie Pearl Payne Roby. Katherine graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in 1948 and worked at GE before starting a family. Working alongside her husband on the dairy farm, she always made sure there was a table full of her delicious home-made meals. Katherine would laugh when she acknowledged that when she first got married, she did not know how to make toast. She and her husband, William “Bill Tom” were accomplished dancers with the Merry Makers Square Dance Club for many years. She was very involved at Sts. Joseph and Paul Catholic Church and loved her church family. She and her husband received the Sophia Award from the Owensboro Diocese in 2014. Katherine and Bill Tom also loved to travel, visiting every state except Alaska. She was incredibly involved in the lives of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great-grandchildren, teaching them to crochet, quilt, sew, garden and play card games. She always enjoyed telling stories about her life experiences and was a pillar of faith, strength and resilience. Family was the most important part of her life.

In addition to her parents, Katherine was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, William Thomas Thomas in 2019 and a son-in-law, Tom Page.

Those left to cherish her memory include her seven children, Steve Thomas and wife Sheila of Rockport, IN, David Thomas and wife Trudy of Utica, Nancy Page of Hartford, Paul Thomas and wife Cindy of Philpot, Ron Thomas and wife Karen of Owensboro, Debbie Zimmerman and husband Jeff, and Linda Boarman and husband Carl Joe both of Philpot; nineteen grandchildren, forty great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren; brother, Albert Sylvester Roby of Owensboro.

The funeral Mass for Katherine Thomas will be 10:00 am Thursday at Sts. Joseph and Paul Catholic Church. Visitation will be Wednesday from 3:00 until 7:00 pm with prayers at 6:30 pm at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. The burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.   

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Carmel Home, 2501 Old Hartford Rd. Owensboro, KY 42303 or Hospice of W. Kentucky, 3419 Wathen’s Crossing Owensboro, KY 42301.

Condolences and memories for Katherine’s family may be left at www.glenncares.com.

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Visitation

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory

900 Old Hartford Road, Owensboro, KY 42303

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Prayer Service

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

6:30 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory

900 Old Hartford Road, Owensboro, KY 42303

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Mass

Thursday, July 13, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Sts. Joseph and Paul Catholic Church

609 E 4th St, Owensboro, KY 42303

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Burial

Thursday, July 13, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Resurrection Cemetery Chapel

5404 KY-54, Owensboro, KY 42303

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