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Emma Louise (Requarth) Thomas

January 3, 1933 — January 4, 2022

Emma Louise (Requarth) Thomas, 89, of Edinburg, passed away on January 4, 2022, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

Emma was born on January 3, 1933, in Edinburg, the daughter of Lawrence C. and Rhea (Grant) Requarth. She married Raymond F. Thomas on March 16, 1952. She was a homemaker as well as worked for the State of Illinois and for Watts Copy Systems. Emma was a member of the Edinburg Park Board, Edinburg Community Choir, and Trinity Lutheran Church Choir.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; three brothers, Lawrence, Eldon and David; four sisters, Evelyn, Marian, Doris and Carolyn.

Emma is survived by two sons, Bradley (Chris) Thomas, Jeffrey (Kathy) Thomas; two daughters, Susan (Tony) Suggs, and Chris (Dennis) Metsker; twelve grandchildren, Chelsea (Jordan) McKinnie, Clint Thomas, Gina (Jacob) Thomas, Jennifer (Adam) Thomas, Shanice Neal, Jessica (Dylan) Runge, Christina Suggs, Nicole Lael, and Allen Suggs, Benjamin (Katilyne) Metsker, Cody (Samantha) Metsker, Ty (Jessa) Metsker; eleven great grandchildren, James, Joel Ben, Johnathan, Aiden, Yasmin, Mekhi, Whayne, Matthew, Hannah, Krislynn and Ila Jo; one brothers, Charles (Donna) Requarth; one sister, Margaret (Greg) Moody; brother in law, Larry Thomas; sister in law Margaret Requarth, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 2:00PM at Edinburg Cemetery, in Edinburg. Family, friends, and all who knew and loved her are welcome to attend.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


  1. Sharron Taft on January 6, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    So very sorry to Emma’s family. Emma was always a beautiful lady. Praying for you all in the days and weeks ahead.

  2. Barbara Sue Mason on January 8, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    My sympathy to the Requarth and Thomas families. Emma was so kind and came to be with our family when we buried our brother, Bud. God bless her soul and may she rest in peace.

  3. Glenna Mason on January 8, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    The Mason family expresses our sympathy to Emma’s family. She was always close to our family. I’m sorry because of ice on roads we could not come down for services but you know our hearts and thoughts are with you and on the future as you cope with her loss.

  4. Vickie Dixon on January 14, 2022 at 11:58 am

    Dear Brad and family. I am so sorry for your loss of your mother. I heard so many wonderful things about your mom, Brad, although I never met her. God bless you and yours during this time.

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