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Betty Jo (Patton) Thomas, age 88, of the Kenmore Park neighborhood in Columbus, died Oct. 5, 2019. Born Nov. 30, 1930 in the eastern Kentucky coal-mining town of Manco (later called Hellier), a daughter of Lucien G. and Minnie Davis Patton, who preceded her in death.
She moved to Columbus around 1950, and married James J. Thomas in 1951, to whom she was married for 39 years. He preceded her in death, as well as her sisters Reva Blevins, Ann Hughes, Oma Parsons, and brother Donald Patton.
She is survived by brother David, sons Michael (LuAnne), Brian (Tim Nakamura), and daughters Debra Millard (Joe) and Paulette (Tom Petzinger). She was a devoted, loving grandmother to Lindsay, Chris (Laura), Emily, Kelsey, Katy (Chance), Beatrice (Nick), Eva and Janis; great-grandchildren Kameron, Amelia, Tripp and many nieces and nephews.
A homemaker all her life, she also worked for several years at DeVry University, after her children were grown. She was an avid gardener, bridge and euchre player and golfer for many years. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, at Shaw-Davis Funeral Home, Clintonville Chapel, 4341 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214