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Frances “Betty” Elizabeth Thomason

Frances “Betty” Elizabeth Thomason was born to Clarence and Frances Burkhardt on March 11, 1925 in Toledo, Ohio. She had an older brother Charles and a younger brother George. Betty completed high school at Woodward High School in 1943. She really enjoyed doing things with her girlfriends. Her first job was as a bank teller.

Betty met Albert Glenn Ferris, and in 1947 they were married and lived with Glenn’s grandparents. On January 6, 1951, Linda Susan arrived. Glenn had graduated college as an electrical engineer and landed a job with the Naval Research Laboratory in Maryland. So, the family packed up and moved to Maryland. They soon bought a house in Temple Hills, Maryland, where they lived for 18 years. Then, Betty and Linda moved with Glenn to Silver Springs, Maryland when Glenn started working at Goddard Spaceflight Center/NASA. Betty continued to work as a homemaker.

In 1969, Betty suffered a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized while Linda went off to college, and, unfortunately, she and Glenn divorced. She moved to White Oak Garden Apts and set up her household alone. About 2 years later, at Parents Without Partners, she met Melvin Thomason. Mel liked to dance, as did Betty. Mel was a retired veteran and ranched cattle in Front Royal, VA, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Betty learned to ride horses. After a few years Betty became Mel’s wife and a homemaker in their new home in Front Royal. Betty went with Mel in their camper to many Army Veteran reunions all over the country and even in Europe. She told everyone that she really enjoyed traveling. She would keep her bags mostly packed so she would be ready to go. Mel had lived in Georgia at one time and his daughter lived there. Betty and Mel moved to Greensboro, GA, and built a beautiful log home on a lake. About 10 years after moving to GA, they bought a second home in The Villages, Florida. They would live in Florida November to April and then the rest of the year in Greensboro.

Mel began to show signs of dementia and the last couple of years they lived together in a memory care unit. In 2014, Mel died. Betty’s daughter Linda moved Betty to Kansas City. It was difficult for Betty to make the change, and she herself was now showing signs of dementia. She lived in an assisted living facility, but in 2017 had to move to a Dementia/Alzheimer’s facility to be cared for. In 2019, her health began to severely deteriorate, and she was admitted to hospice. On October 11, 2020, she suffered a heart attack and died quickly and peacefully with her daughter and grandchildren at her side.

Betty was a sweet, gentle, and very polite person with incredible determination. She never complained. Everyone who knew her, loved her.

Betty is survived by her daughter Linda Mayer; grandchildren Rebecca Stewart, Kathleen Alas, and Chris Mayer; and great-grandchildren Kellan, Willow and Atticus Mayer, Matilda Alas, and Charlotte Stewart.


A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, October 21 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 12800 W. 75th St., Shawnee, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association or Ascend Hospice. 

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Good Shepherd Catholic Church
12800 W. 75th St.
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Oct 21 ,2020
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10:00 am
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