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SECOR — Virginia “Sissy” Thomas, 78, of Secor, formerly of Streator, passed away at 4:46 p.m. Monday (April 10, 2017) at the home of her daughter, after a short illness while under hospice care.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Winterrowd-Hagi Funeral Home, Streator, with her service at 3 p.m. Burial will be at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery, Pontiac.

The former Virginia Corrine Copeland was born July 28, 1938, in Streator, to W. Wilson “Doc” and Florence Dodge Copeland.

She is survived by her children: a daughter, Darlene Morris, El Paso, and two sons, Robert (Alyshia) Thomas, Atlanta, and John (Tina) Thomas, Bloomington; five grandchildren, Taylor, Clayton and Corinna Thomas, Bloomington, and Hannah and Jacob Thomas, Atlanta; a nephew, William (Julie) Copeland, and a niece, Denise (Robert) Lepore, Streator, who she cherished as her own; and several great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Wilson “Docie” Copeland; her ex-husband, John Robert “Bob” Thomas, who she cared for until his death in 2008; and her son-in-law, Greg Morris.

She leaves behind her precious companions, her dog, Molly, and her cat, Miss Kitty.

She worked all her life in Streator in food service, working at several cafes and restaurants. However, at age 58, she achieved her dream of returning to school to become a certified nursing assistant and worked at Heritage Health in Streator until her retirement.

She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and was ecstatic when they finally won the World Series in 2016; she also loved the Chicago Bears and enjoyed listening to traditional country music. Most of all, she loved being a mom and cherished the time she spent with her children and extended family. She was known by many as Sissy or Saint Virginia and enjoyed socializing with everyone she met. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Secor Fire Protection District or El Paso Food Pantry.

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