Friday, August 24, 2012

KCK resident to turn 100 years old Saturday

News Release

Alva Thomas was born in DeKalb, Texas on August 25, 1912.

Her parents moved to Kansas City, Kan., in 1920. She was just eight years old and attended Douglass Elementary School.

She also attended Northeast Junior High and Sumner High Schools.

She met the man of her dreams - Hezekiah Thomas - and they were married for over 49 years. Together, they raised four beautiful and handsome children, including Earl Thomas of Seattle, Wash., along with Georgia Taylor, Joanne Smith and Robert Thomas of Kansas City. 

She has 11 grandchildren, a host of great grandchildren and even a few great, great grandchildren - quite a legacy of love and family devotion.

“Grandma has a great sense of humor and has always had a kind word to say to anyone who visits her," says Mike Hobson, grandson of Thomas and son of Georgia Taylor.

Hezekiah and Alva moved to a new home on Everett Avenue in Kansas City, Kan., in 1941, where Alva still resides today - some 71 years later.

She has always been well respected in the neighborhood by all of the neighbors. Even now, the kids who grew up on Everett still stop by to say hello. They all help keep an eye on the house and Alva to make sure that she is doing fine.

There will be a celebration for her birthday on Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at Gillis Community Center at 645 Nebraska in KCK  from 4-7 p.m.

At 100 years of age, Alva Thomas remains the “Rock” of the family.