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1946 "Becky" 2023

Rebecca Lynn Thomas

October 27, 1946 — March 26, 2023


Rebecca "Becky" Lynn Thomas departed this life on March 26, 2023.  She was preceded in death by her grandmother, by whom she was raised, Mary Alice Moore, her mother, Merit Virginia Newton, her stepfather, Lester B. Newton, and two precious aunts, Betty Jane Moore and Hazel Irene Grass whom were instrumental in her upbringing. Becky is survived by her husband of 56 years, Arlie D. Thomas, her daughters, Staci R. Thomas and Megan P. Ford (Jeremy), her grandsons, Alexander D. Dougherty, Andrew B. Dougherty and Aiden J. Ford. She is also survived by her half-sister, Demetria A. McCrea of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and her half-brother, Gary D. Botkins of Greenwood, IN., their children, as well as many cousins whom she treasured. She had a host of childhood friends whom she loved and with whom she kept in close touch through the years.
Becky was born in Charleston, WV on October 27, 1946. After six years of dating, she and Arlie married on November 26, 1966, and moved to Richmond, VA in September of 1969.  She worked for Dillard Paper Company for close to 35 years. After 14 years of employment at The Woman's Club in Richmond, Becky retired in 2016 and was honored with a Lifetime Membership.  She was also a member of The GFWC Worthington Woman's Club in Chesterfield County, VA where she served on the board for 15 years including one year as President.   
She and Arlie moved to their retirement home in Powhatan, VA in 2016 where she quickly made many friends by joining the May Memorial Baptist Church and the YMCA.  She adored her neighborhood and neighbors and tried not to miss the Friday night "prayer meetings" and chatting with her "Magnolia Friends".  She enjoyed very much all the social opportunities afforded her through each organization and within her old and new neighborhoods.
Memorial donations may be made to the Pauley Heart Center at VCU Health or May Memorial Baptist Church, if preferred.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 31 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, located at 3215 Anderson Highway, Powhatan, VA 23139.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 1 at 11:00 am at May Memorial Baptist Church, located at 3922 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23139. Reception to immediately follow at the church. 
Family and friends are invited to reconvene at 2:00 pm for interment at Dale Memorial Park, located at 10201 Newbys Bridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832.

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Service Schedule

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Friday, March 31, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Bennett and Barden Funeral Home and Cremation Services

3215 Anderson Hwy., Powhatan, VA 23139

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Saturday, April 1, 2023

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

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