Jayne Pierce Thomas of New Kent died peacefully at her home on June 2, 2023, after a brief illness and a wonderful life. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-two years, Albert Lee Thomas. She is survived by her daughters Jayne Thomas Pinelli, (George), Cynthia Thomas Greer, (Wayne), one granddaughter, Ann Thomas Greer Lepore, (Chris), and one great granddaughter, Charlotte Greer Lepore. Survivors also include her sisters Margie Pierce Harrison and Jodye Pierce Pfister as well as many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Mrs. Thomas graduated from James Madison University in 1951 with a degree in Music Education and taught for many years in New Kent County Schools. She often quipped that she could “sing, dance, and play the piano” and she did all three exceptionally well. For sixty-five years, she was a dedicated member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church where she sang in the choir, served on the Altar Guild and the Vestry, and was Parish Administrator for many years.
Mrs. Thomas loved life and approached everything she did with enthusiasm. She loved a party and was often the life of it. Besides enjoying and making beautiful music, she completed the crossword puzzle every day, and enjoyed learning, reading, bridge, and painting. Loved by generations, she will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, her positive and upbeat attitude, and her dedication to any task. She found something to appreciate and admire in everyone she met, and was deeply loved by multiple generations. Often described by her daughters as the light of their lives, Mrs. Thomas’s light will continue to shine in all who were blessed to know and love her.
The family will receive friends in Richardson Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 8400 St. Peter’s Lane, New Kent on Friday, June 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., and a funeral service will be held in the church on Saturday, June 10 at 11 a.m., with burial in the churchyard.
In lieu of flowers, remember her when you hear beautiful music or see a breathtaking sunset. She will be forever young and forever remembered and cherished.