ForeverMissed
Lelia Mae Thomas, 82; was born in Camden, Alabama to the late Ezekiel Sr., and Inell Thomas on December 18,1937. 

She departed this life on Sunday, July 5,2020 at Veranda Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation Home. 

Lelia graduated from Camden Academy High School in Camden, Alabama where she was a track star, basketball player, member of the school chorus, an office assistant, craft club and Literacy club member. After graduation, she attended Alabama State College and later moved to Cincinnati, OH, worked multiple jobs while she attended The University of Cincinnati where she earned her BA in Elementary Education and worked for Cincinnati Public School system until her retirement. 

Lelia attended Clifton Seventh Day Adventist Church where she was a Church Elder, Superintendent of Sabbath school, Head Deaconess, involved in outreach Ministries, i.e. feeding the homeless and visiting the sick and shut-in, sang in the choir and spent many tireless hours helping at the church's school, Clifton Christian Academy for many years. 

Lelia was preceded in death by her mother and father, 2 sisters and 4 brothers. She leaves to cherish her memories, 1 son, Tajuddin Abujameel Al-Muqtadir, (formerly James Thomas) Cincinnati, OH 1 daughter, Rhonda Thomas, Atlanta, GA; 2 brothers, Ezekiel (Betty) Thomas and David (Glory) Thomas, Syracuse, NY; 7 sisters, I. Denise (Art) Holt, Cincinnati, OH, Essie (Spencer) Dorsey, Lula (Benjamin) Garland, Syracuse, NY; Alice Moore, Atlanta GA; Martha Thomas, Lewisville, TX; B'Olivia Harris, Selma, AL and Lillie Thomas, Birmingham, AL; 4 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and devoted friends. 

-GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN 

Zoom Visitation - Tuesday, July 14, 2020  1 PM - 2 PM
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This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Lelia Thomas 82 years old , born on December 18, 1937 and passed away on July 5, 2020. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Tamara NixonDorsey on July 15, 2020
Sending my love and condolences to the family during this difficult time Leela. was always so sweet i remember her smile it was infectious she will be missed virtual hugs being sent to you all during this difficult time
Posted by Princess Jones on July 14, 2020
Lula Garland..please know that Princeola and Princess Jones are sending their sincere condolences and prayers to you and your family during this time of bereavement! We love you.
Posted by Joyce Carroll on July 14, 2020
Sending sympathy, prayers, hugs and love to the Thomas family and friends.
Rest in Heaven Aunt Lelia.
Forever loved and missed❤️
Posted by Michelle Thomas-Keebler (... on July 13, 2020
To my Loving Thomas family. May God be with us all during this loss. Especially her children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. Auntie Leila will be forever loved and missed!
Posted by Valerie Thomas on July 13, 2020
One more story. I was in elementary school, Winton Terrace Elementary School. And the day came...a substitute teacher!!! You know what that means, a chance to relax, chill, maybe even act up...only a little acting up though, Mom sometimes would show up and catch us. But this was the top of the morning, the start of class. I was grinning from ear to ear. My substitute turned around from writing on the board; my teacher...AUNT LELA. OMG! I said Aunt..., she cut me off and said shh, My name is Miss. Thomas. LOL, well no fun or goofing- off that day. she or course grinned. LOL
Posted by Gwen Goode on July 12, 2020
Sending prayers and love to the family. May you find comfort in the many beautiful memories of Leila.

The Goode and Sellers Family.
Posted by Reginald Thomas on July 12, 2020
What I remember most about Aunt Leila is she always seemed to remember my name. She may have said Greg a time or 2 but that was rare. But if she referred me as the "oldest boy " it was only to help someone out in identification. I also remember seeing her attending Sister's memorial. I walked up to and we actually butted heads a little. That seemed to upset Jameel a little. I can't explain why I did what initially but the only word I heard come out of her mouth was my name. Reggie. When I take into consideration what she was going through and the fact we had not seen each other in years tells me that a spiritual matter occurred. So to my aunt, I will miss you, your leadership or "bossy" character that broad smile of yours and your presence. Get your well deserved rest. Godspeed.
Posted by Margaret Whitaker on July 11, 2020
To My Family: May God keep you & bless you with strength to keep moving forward.. Be Bless

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Posted by Tamara NixonDorsey on July 15, 2020
Sending my love and condolences to the family during this difficult time Leela. was always so sweet i remember her smile it was infectious she will be missed virtual hugs being sent to you all during this difficult time
Posted by Princess Jones on July 14, 2020
Lula Garland..please know that Princeola and Princess Jones are sending their sincere condolences and prayers to you and your family during this time of bereavement! We love you.
Posted by Joyce Carroll on July 14, 2020
Sending sympathy, prayers, hugs and love to the Thomas family and friends.
Rest in Heaven Aunt Lelia.
Forever loved and missed❤️
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Shared by KAREN THOMAS on July 11, 2020
It seems like every time I saw Aunt Lelia she had a pencil and a crossword puzzle! Or, she had a pencil behind her ear ready to do a puzzle. Aunt Lelia was also one of those tough Scrabble competitors. I like the way she would sometimes smile from ear to ear in her "gotcha" moments - and if you could overlook the sting of the "gotcha" you can hear the message. You are missed, RIP Auntie!
Shared by Valerie Thomas on July 11, 2020
Aunt Lela was always the aunt that had this little grin on her face, quick on her feet ready to crack a joke...never loud with it just enough for you to hear it. She'd beat you laughing. I kinda always thought she carried a lot of money in her purse, because her signature pose was one hand on her hip, the other hand had her purse slung over the back of her shoulder. I loved hearing her laugh, even when you zapped her back. RIP.