Taylorville Obits

Theresa Pearl Edwards Thomas

Theresa Pearl Edwards Thomas, 86, of Kincaid, passed away at 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.


Theresa was born October 8, 1935, in Taylorville, the daughter of Otis and Mary C. “Mamie” (Graham) Owens.  She married Leslie L. Edwards on October 8, 1952, and they later divorced.  Theresa then married Kenneth L. Thomas on October 14, 1978, in Kincaid.  He preceded her in death on April 6, 2004.


Theresa was a homemaker and devoted her life to being a loving mother and grandmother, that would do anything for her family.  She loved huge family gatherings, where she could cook and bake her famous homemade bread and egg noodles. Theresa was crafty, a talented seamstress, and avid crocheter. She loved dogs, reading, and was a fantastic yodeler.  In her youth, she would amaze the neighborhood children by walking on her hands all the way around her house.  Theresa will always remain in the hearts of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.


She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Leslie C. Edwards; and siblings, Rita Crowder, Florence Ellrich, Leona Tex, Doug Owens, Theotis “Stub” Davis, Marilyn Wilson, and Don Owens.


Theresa is survived by her children, Laura “Cindy” Chamness of Kincaid, Monica (husband, James “Mark”) Lottes of Semora, NC, and Clete Edwards of Taylorville; grandchildren, Damon J. (wife, Barb) Chamness of Tovey, Michelle C. Lottes of Semora, NC, Jillian (husband, Zachary) Schatzman of Matthews, NC, James C. (wife, Amber) Lottes of Kernersville, NC, Erica Edwards of Taylorville, and Emily Edwards of Taylorville; great grandchildren, Eva, Fischer, Teddy, Michael, Ellie, and Vivianne; sister, Meda Ann (husband, David) Durbin of Morrisonville; and several nieces and nephews.


Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.  The funeral ceremony will follow the visitation at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Don Beetem officiating.


Interment will follow the ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.


Memorial contributions may be made to: Christian County Animal Control, 300 S. Baughman Rd, Taylorville, IL 62568,


Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Theresa, or to offer condolences to her family.