|3/18/2021 4:00:00 PM|
Thomas, Angela Mary
Angela Mary Thomas of Cobb, WI, Passed away peacefully at Upland Hills Health in Dodgeville Wednesday, March 17, 2021. At the age of 93, Angela found herself surrounded by family during her last days and will be very deeply missed by her family and friends.
On August 31, 1927, Angela was born to Charles and Mabyn Proughten in Pinner, England and shared a very strong connection with all of her siblings. As the fifth of six daughters, Angela spent her childhood years at boarding school. Having grown up during World War II, life in England was very difficult for a young woman. After her schooling she took a job working for the Kodak Company helping to produce cameras, film and other such items to meet the demand of the military and there attempts to collect information of the enemy.
In 1956, Angela made her way to the U.S.A. on the RMS Queen Mary. Two of her older sisters had married, and lived in Madison. Upon arrival Angela and two men she had never met before, boarded a propellor aircraft bound for Madison, WI where she would be joined with her sisters and brothers-in-law. After a few months of living with her oldest sister Audrey and her husband Peter, she was told of a gentleman that was looking to hire a secretary but she couldn't drive. This didn't seem to matter much as George Fait hired her anyway! Yes, the same George Fait that founded the Capital Indemnity Corporation and heavily contributed to the start of the American Family Children's Hospital!
While at a bar called "The Office" with a former co-worker, her "fine" accent got the attention of a young farmer named Everett. The two made conversation that led to walking across the street to get coffee. After exchanging phone numbers, the two parted ways only to connect again a few weeks later. After a few more dates and meeting each other's families, Angela's sister Ursula told her to "grab him"! Then on January 20, 1962 the British city girl from Madison and the farm boy from Cobb were wed.
Through the raising of two children, a brave bout with cancer, the challenges of being so far from much of her family and many other hurtles, Angela prevailed, always determined not to be a burden on anyone else. Her sense of humor, "fine" accent and humbleness were all qualities that set her apart from the rest of the crowd. She was known for her ability to crochet, having made many caps, mittens, scarfs and blankets as well as doing the daily crossword puzzle in the paper, all while occupying the same chair next to the lamp in their house visible from the passing cars on Highway 18.
Perhaps the greatest source of joy in Angela's life was her grandsons. Watching them grow and mature into young men always was something grandma was willing to talk about. She was proud of Troy and his family as well as his accomplishments in agriculture, Seth and his abilities to wake board, snowboard and try new life adventures, Chad and his success as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. And Ryan with his capabilities with technology and school work. Holidays and birthdays were always a joyful time as grandma would have prepared a meal fit for a king, gifts or candy depending on the occasion and a home that welcomed everyone!
Angela was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mabyn Proughten. Four sisters; Audrey, Pat, Ursula and Paula. Four brothers-in-law; Peter, Alan, Joe, Stanley, and an infant brother. However, those that remain to remember Angela include her husband of 59 years Everett, son Neal (Lisa) Thomas, daughter L. Ashley Thomas, four grandsons Troy (Susanna), Seth, Chad and Ryan, step-grandchildren Erik and Andrea Kieler, one great-grandson, Lloyd Neal Thomas, a younger sister, Rosemary Davis and Jennifer Thomas (mother of Troy, Seth, and Chad) along with many nephews and nieces from both the U.S.A. and the UK.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home in Dodgeville with a visitation beginning at 10:00 A.M. Prior to inurnment at Calvary Cemetery a Private Family Mass will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dodgeville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.houckfuneralhomes.com