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Vearlina R. (Smith) Thomas

February 5, 1948 ~ July 17, 2022 (age 74)

Obituary

Vearlina R. Thomas, 74, of Champaign passed away at 12:20 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at her home. She was born February 5, 1948 in Danville, Illinois the daughter of Vearl & Barbara (Wilson)Smith. Vearlina married Larry McElhaney on September 17, 1968. She married James Robert(J.R) Thomas on April 1, 2008 in Champaign, Illinois. Vearlina is survived by her husband, sons-Dale McElhaney of Mahomet, David(Dakorie)McElhaney of Urbana; daughter- Kelly McElhaney of Homer; 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She is preceded by her parents and former husband, Larry McElhaney. She graduated from Danville High School in 1966 and worked for Herff Jones and News Gazette in customer service. Vearlina enjoyed spending time with her family and had a love for pets in particular dogs & cats. Memorials may be made to the Champaign Humane Society. A Celebration of Life reception will be held on Sunday, August 28, 2022 from 4-7:00 p.m. at Renner-Wikoff Chapel. Condolences may be made at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com

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