THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Cleo E. Thomas
Issue Date: March 7, 2018
Cleo "Libby" Elizabeth (Vance) Thomas, 91, of Menominee, passed away Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Luther Home.
Born Oct. 19, 1926 in Bristol, Tn., to Lloyd Preston Vance and Ella Mai (Tomlinson) Vance, she was one of 13 children.
She and her husband, Richard G. Caplett, traveled the world as an Air Force family. A sweet, Southern woman, she loved her family dearly.
During World War II, she worked on the assembly line at Langley Field AFB in Virginia. A practical nurse, she worked at an addiction clinic while living in Birmingham, Ala., was a Cub Scout leader, home health nurse and dental assistant.
In her younger years, she enjoyed golfing, pinochle, working in her yard, flowers and mostly time with friends. She also enjoyed cooking and was known for her southern fried chicken, biscuits and cornbread.
She is survived by a daughter, Julia Caplett of Menominee; two sons, Richard (Joann) Caplett of Hawaii and Frank (Dee) Caplett of Texas; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Norene (Tom) Bayless of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Sherry Carrier of Bluff City, Tenn. and two brothers, Hoyle Freeze of North Carolina and James Freeze of Virginia.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Caplett; a daughter, Janet E. Roach; her husbands, Richard Caplett and Clifford Thomas; four brothers and four sisters.
Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home of Marinette is assisting the family with arrangements.