Resident Spotlight: Mary Jo Thomas

Posted by Kia Crawford on December 1st, 2015 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Picture Mary Jo Thomas (1)Where did you grow up? Mary Jo was born on May 25, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia and she grew up in the Grant Park area of Atlanta. She grew up an only child. She received a high school education growing up attending Girls High.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood? Mary Jo’s favorite memories from childhood are related to spending time in Grant Park and doing various activities and she was very active and involved at Grant Park Baptist Church.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood? Mary Jo’s favorite memories from her adulthood are related to her involvement in her very close neighborhood in East Atlanta and she was very involved and active with her 3 children (2 girls and 1 boy). She also had a very good marriage with her husband Fed Thomas who she married in November 1948 and they were happily married until he died 8 years ago.

Did you have a profession? Mary Jo was mainly a housewife and stay at home Mom but she also worked a few years part time for Trust Company Bank in Customer Service and she worked for a Pest Control Company for about 12 years as their bookkeeper. Mary Jo stopped working outside the home around 1982, 1983.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud? Mary Jo was most proud of raising her 3 children into fine adults and being active and involved in the church attending Sunday School and church services and being in the choir which was very important to her.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating from college? Mary Jo would say to find a good church and be involved in the church and be involved with your family.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family? Mary Jo would say to spend as much time with your children as possible and be as active and involved with your family and church as possible.

What brought you to Dogwood Forest? Family states that Mary Jo did pretty well at home until her husband died 8 years ago and family noted she was having problems with her memory. She was able to stay in her home for 6 more years and then family noted her having some physical limitations and she fell a couple of times. Mary Jo was in and out of the hospital and just prior to coming to Dogwood Forest of Eagles Landing on June 1, 2015 she was in the hospital for a week and the family felt that they could not properly care for her at home and so looked for her a place to live and be taken care of. Family reports that they feel that Mary Jo has gotten excellent care here and loves the people that take care of her at Dogwood Forest.