Dorothy Thomas Quada, daughter of Freddie Lee Thomas and Maybell Martin Thomas, was born on December 13, 1937, in Atlanta, Texas. Dorothy went to be with Jesus on Monday, September 19, 2016, after a lengthy illness with cancer.
Dorothy and Scott Deeze Quada were united in marriage on August 23, 1950. Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, and nurse who faithfully exemplified her Christian faith.
Dorothy obtained her General Education Diploma (GED) from Jefferson ISD in 1975 in order to enroll in the Oscar B. Jones Vocational Nursing School at East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, Texas. Dorothy graduated from the Oscar B. Jones Nursing School in 1976 and passed the Texas Board of Nursing exam in June, 1976 as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).
Dorothy worked at Magnolia Nursing Home in Jefferson, Texas for twenty-six years and retired in February, 2000. Soon after retirement Dorothy returned to work at Magnolia Nursing as a PRN nurse and records auditor. Dorothy retired for the final time from Magnolia Nursing in September, 2014 when diagnosed with cancer.
Dorothy attended the Faith Tabernacle UPC church in Jefferson, Texas for fifty-six years. Dorothy greatly loved and supported her church and was involved in all aspects including a teacher for the Sunday school program, preparation of Thursday lunch meals, and cooking an awesome batch of “Pentecostal” peanut brittle! Above all, Dorothy loved her Savior Jesus Christ and lived her life on what she believed. Dorothy no longer suffers any pain and has reached her life’s goal of going to live with Jesus!
Dorothy loved people! Relatives, friends, and church members of Dorothy will mourn the loss of this faithful and kind lady who served others through cards of encouragement, banana nut bread, and prayer!
Dorothy leaves behind her beloved husband of sixty-six years, Scott Deeze Quada, who she married at age twelve! Dorothy and Scott had four children, Cynthia Quada Koontz (the late Sam Koontz) of Paris, Texas, Donald Quada of Jefferson, Texas, Cheryl Quada of Longview, Texas, and Sheila Quada Bayles (William Bayles) also of Longview, Texas.
Dorothy is also survived by four grandchildren, Andrew Koontz (Shearine) of Houston, Texas, Ashley Koontz Cunningham (Jordan) of Mansfield, Texas, Benjamin Bayles of Longview, Texas, and Emily Bayles of Longview, Texas. She also has three great grandchildren, Ian, Ava, and Kai Cunningham. Dorothy is survived by two brothers and three sisters; Dan Thomas (Jane) of Atlanta, Texas, Ray Thomas of Huntsville, Texas, Neva Scott of Atlanta, Texas, Mary Key of Jefferson, Texas, and Faye Campbell (Tommy) of Atlanta, Texas. Dorothy leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, her work family at Magnolia Manor, and her church family at Faith Tabernacle UPC.
Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Freddie and Maybell Thomas, baby sister Georgia, and son-in-law Sam Koontz.
The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for Dorothy during her illness including Dr. Rama Koya, nurses, and receptionists at Texas Oncology-Longview Cancer Center, Good Shepherd Hospital, Hospice of East Texas, and Magnolia Nursing Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to Faith Tabernacle UPC, 1008 North Alley, Jefferson,Texas 75657.
Arrangements were made by Haggard Funeral Home of Jefferson, and visiting hours were held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the Faith Tabernacle UPC Church located at 1008 North Alley Street, Jefferson, Texas. Interment was followed at Oakwood Memorial Park in Jefferson, Texas.
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