Celebrating the Life of Dona Rae Thomas
November 09, 1936 – September 12, 2016
Dona Rae Thomas, 79, of Prince Frederick, MD passed away at home on September 12, 2016 surrounded by her family after living with breast cancer for nearly five years. Dona Rae was born in Prince Frederick on November 9th,1936 to the late Ray Kinsey Hance and Naomi Barnes Hance and spent her lifetime in Calvert County. Once her youngest children were in elementary school, Dona Rae began working for Calvert County Public Schools at the central office, and later worked for the College of Southern Maryland, instrumental in the establishment of the Calvert Campus in the early 1980’s.
Dona Rae enjoyed “all things family” and considered her Fabulous Five K’s her greatest accomplishment in life. She was so very proud of her girls and their families, and very much involved with her grand- children and great-grand children and kept in touch with them via phone calls, FaceBook, and texts, often in very amusing ways! She also enjoyed family beach vacations, shopping, Orioles games, and lunches with her high school girl friends.
Dona Rae is survived by her “Fabulous Five” daughters, Karen (David) Mohler, Kathy (Brian) Holian, Kimberly (Glen) Moulton, Kristin (Mark) Ritchie, and Karol (Mark) Brannon, 17 grand-children, Kevin Mohler, Andrew (Jen) Mohler, Timothy (Kaity) Mohler, Bethany (Wayne) Davis, Danny (Erin) Holian, Abbey (Nick) Brunker, Emily Holian, Jesse Holian, Karie Holian, Grant Moulton, Lauren (Tim) Withum, Jessica (Branden) Burt, Jordan (Scott) Desruisseaux, Austin Ritchie, Luke Ritchie, Isaac Brannon, and Caleb Brannon, and 8 great-grand children, Denali, Abby, and Drew Mohler, Michael and Sophia Pometto, Nolan Brunker, and Jackson and Parker Withum. Also surviving are her brother Dale Austin (Mary Ann) Hance, and her step-daughter, Wanda (Michael) King. Dona Rae was preceded in death by a grand-daughter, Karie Hope Mohler in 1976, her husband Lester L. Thomas in 1994 and husband Melvin E. Thomas in 2004, and her step-son, Franklin B. Thomas in 2011. She also leaves behind her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Kinsey, who was by her side ’til the end.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Rausch Funeral Home at 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD 20676. The funeral service will be held on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Emmanuel Baptist Church located at 3800 Old Town Road, Huntingtown, MD 20639. Interment will follow the service at Asbury Cemetery, 3700 Hallowing Point Road, Barstow, MD, 20610.