In Memory of

Hazel

Lillian

(Bruns)

Thomas

Obituary for Hazel Lillian (Bruns) Thomas

Weeks Mills-Hazel Lillian (Bruns) Thomas, 91, passed away on December 25, 2023 at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation & Long Term Care at Glenridge.

Hazel, also known as Mum, Grammy, and GG, was born on June 18, 1932 to Peter and Irene (Hall) Bruns. Her childhood was spent in South Portland before moving to Weeks Mills as a teenager. She graduated from Erskine Academy in the class of 1950. On July 8, 1950, she married Pearley Thomas, who she had met through friends.

Pearley and Hazel were the loves of each others lives and enjoyed many adventures together. When their children were young, Hazel would travel with Pearley in a camper around the state in the summer when he worked on a paving crew on the roads. They bought an old farmhouse in 1958 in Weeks Mills. It was here where they raised their three children, David, Karen, and Laurie, and many fondly remembered dogs and cats.

Hazel worked for the State of Maine for many years prior to retirement. She throughly enjoyed sewing clothing and quilting for the family; she also was 4-H leader and taught many how to sew. Hazel always had a project at hand, whether it was knitting, crocheting, or sewing. She tended a prolific garden, especially strawberries, blueberries, and rhubarb. She loved spending the day driving down backroads just to see where the road went. Family and friends will remember many meals served and finished with a tasty treat.

Hazel was predeceased by her husband, Pearley Thomas and all of her siblings: Russell Bruns, Charlotte Bassett, Harold Bruns, and Jean Trask.

She is lovingly survived by her children: David Thomas and his wife Cindy, Karen Thomas, and Laurie Thomas; grandchildren: Rachel Thomas (Adam Lemire) and Emily Thomas (Mike Gallant); great grandchildren: Reid Lemire and Lewis Gallant; long time best friend, Judy Shane-Thomas; special friend Betty Pierce and many nieces and nephews and friends.

A private burial will take place in the spring. The family would like to thank the staff at MaineGeneral and Glenridge Long Term Care for their compassionate and kind care for Hazel. Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Rd., Windsor, ME 04363. In lieu of flowers, donations in Hazel’s name may be made to either your local hospice facility or local animal shelter.