Dorothy (“Dot”) Marie Thomas died Tuesday morning at home. She was 91.
Dot was born in Dearborn, Michigan, on Jan. 10, 1928. Her family moved to Altoona, Pennsylvania, when she was young and that is where she attended high school and began college.
She finished her degree in education at Penn State University and taught elementary school in Altoona for four years. She felt called to go to Columbia Bible College where she met David Thomas.
They both were interested in linguistics and Bible translation. After a brief friendship, they both independently were assigned to Bible translation posts in Southeast Asia, where after a brief courtship, they got married in the Philippines.
For more than 40 years, they taught and developed language tools to help in the translation of scripture. Even after her retirement in 1996, she remained very active in the development of language tools for Bible translation. David Thomas died in 2006, and her sister, Marion Fowler, died in 2009.
She is survived by family members Elizabeth Norris and Jeff Norris.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 7, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Garrett Funerals and Cremations.