Idaho State Journal, 01/17/13
GRACE — Iona Ashbaker Thomas, 88, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away Monday, January 14, 2013, at the Heritage Home Living Center in Preston, Idaho. She was born March 14, 1924, at Grace, Idaho to William Wray and Loretta Miles Ashbaker. She was the second child and had an older brother, William Douglas.
Iona grew up in the Grace area, attending grade school at the Telluride Grace School, and high school at Grace High School in Grace, Idaho. She participated in basketball, track and drama.
Shortly after graduation, on July 23, 1942, she married John Junior Thomas, at Soda Springs, Idaho. They made their home on the family farm.
Iona’s life was a true testament of service and love. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many callings in the ward and was the stake Relief Society president. Her greatest calling was serving with her husband, John, as officiators in the Logan LDS Temple.
She enjoyed painting, sewing, piecing quilts for her children and grandchildren, dipping chocolates of all kinds and helping out on the farm. She made sure she was having fun in everything she did.
Iona is survived by four sons, John Wynn and Neta Thomas of Grace, Idaho, Larry and Laurie Thomas of Grace, Idaho, Ronald and Brenda Thomas of Stage Coach, Nev., and Sherwin A. and Connie Thomas of Grace, Idaho; and 21 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, her parents and her brother.
Services will be held on Monday, January 21, 2013, at noon at the Grace LDS Stake Center. The family will visit with friends and family on Sunday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sims Funeral Home in Soda Springs, Idaho, and also on Monday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the church prior to services. Burial will be at the Turner Cemetery.
Services are under the direction of the Sims Funeral Home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.simsfh.com