Rita Kay Thomas

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Rita Kay Thomas, 68 years young, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2019 at the Cartersville Medical Center.


A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, at Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Lyle officiating. Visitation will take place prior to the service from 1-3 p.m. Her children have honored their mother's wishes to be cremated and will scatter at the ocean later this year.


Rita was born in Detroit, Michigan to Cohen Warren & Elizabeth Delilah Boles on November 13, 1950. At the age of five, she moved to Cookeville, Tennessee where she attended school and spent her childhood years. Her fondest memories of growing up were the many family camping trips she took with her parents and two younger brothers to the Smoky Mountains. Though she moved several times in her 20s and 30s, she settled in Cartersville, Georgia in 1986. In addition to raising her two children and supporting their many activities spread all over Bartow County, she worked in the Bartow County School system for nearly 20 years. She excelled at organizing and getting a job done right.

At the same time, she made work fun for herself and others with her spirit and sense of humor. Rita was a supportive friend who offered company in times of distress or sorrow and was the first to help celebrate exciting achievements or milestones. She loved deeply and has many longtime friends to attest to her loyalty.


Rita is preceded in death by her parents and younger brother, George Boles.


Rita is survived by her children, Warren (Lindsay) Thomas and Tara (Seth) Currier; baby brother, Bob Boles; and three grandchildren, Lucy, James and Tatum, whom she adored.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church where she was a member for more than 30 years.


The family of Rita Thomas extend their sincerest thanks to the kind, comforting nursing staff at Cartersville Medical Center; the many friends and family who have loved and supported her specifically in the last few years; and Regency Hospice.