BLOOMSBURG -- Dawnna Jean Thomas, 79, a 45-year resident of Boone Road, passed away on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in the Bloomsburg Health Care Center where she had resided since July of 2010.

She was born Sept. 30, 1932, in Danville, a daughter of the late Alfred and Gertrude (Stephen) Cooper. On Dec. 24, 1950, she married Howard Edmund Thomas who passed on Aug. 25, 1984.

She attended the Danville area schools. She was raised in Riverside and attended the Buckhorn United Methodist Church.

Dawnna worked at many silk mills throughout the Susquehanna area. She retired from Borden Wise in 2000 after 10 years of employment. For a brief time she also worked at Wal-Mart in 2008.

Dawnna loved to garden and spend time with her family and pets. She enjoyed talking with anyone and everyone. She also loved Tom Jones' music and Ryan Pelton.

Survivors include one daughter, Shirley J. Sandel, of Wapwallopen; four sons and daughters-in-law, Robert F. and Charlotte Thomas, of Mainville, John M. and Valerie Thomas, of Washingtonville, William E. and Rosemary Thomas, of Berwick, and Richard A. and Renee Thomas, of Benton; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and nine siblings, Marvin Cooper, Jack Cooper, Sandra Troxell, France Cooper, David Cooper, Joseph Cooper, Blaine Cooper and twins, Joan Steinburg and June Krajewski.

A time of visitation for family and friends will be held on from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Allen Funeral Home, Inc., 745 Market at Eighth St., Bloomsburg, where the funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Thomas J. Fetterolf officiating.

A graveside service will be held in Creveling Cemetery, Almedia.

Memorial contributions in Dawnna's memory are suggested to Columbia Montour Home Hospice, 410 Glenn, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. For those unable to personally attend, online condolences are available at

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