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Barbara Ellen Thomas

July 7, 1938 — November 9, 2019

Barbara Ellen Thomas, 81, of Columbia City, Ind., passed away at 12:20 a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Canterbury Nursing Home. Born July 7, 1938 in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Edna (Sievers) Bates.

Barbara was a resident of Columbia City and graduated Columbia City High School with the Class of 1956. She received an Associate Degree in Drafting. She had worked with her family laying underground phone lines in her youth but went on to work for many companies throughout the years. However, her lifelong "career" was taking care of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Survivors include her children; Jeffrey (Maureen) Rouse of Spanaway, WA, Paul Rouse of Fort Wayne, IN, Phyllis (Harold) Rice of Las Vegas, NV, Dennis (Emilia) Rouse of Plantersville, TX, and Ernest (Andrea) Thomas of Friendswood, TX; siblings, Charles (Sandra) Bates, of Oxnard, Calif., William (Julie) Bates of New Ulm, MN, and Dorothy (Mark) Pressler of Churubusco, IN; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leroy Thomas, and brothers Arthur Bates and Thomas Bates.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2019 at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City with a gathering an hour prior.
Visit to send her family condolences online.


DeMoney-Grimes a Life Story Funeral Home
600 Countryside Drive Columbia City, Indiana 46725

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


DeMoney-Grimes a Life Story Funeral Home
600 Countryside Drive Columbia City, Indiana 46725

1:00 PM
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