Suzanne Carol Thoms

Suzanne Carol Thoms, 84, of Manchester, Missouri, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2024 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Edward Thoms for 49 years. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1939, she was the daughter of the late Charles Sullivan and Lillian (Osborn) Sullivan. Suzanne was the devoted mother of Kristin (Thoms) Tarantino and her husband, Anthony Tarantino, and her step-daughter, Kimberly Thoms. She was the loving grandmother of Paul and Enzo Tarantino and the treasured sister of the late Robert Sullivan and Florence (Sullivan) Kastenholz.

Suzanne attended high school at Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, Ohio. Following high school, she worked at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base where she made many lifelong friends and met her loving husband, Edward. She was employed at Wright-Patterson for nearly 20 years.

She discovered her passion for reading at an early age. Each day after school, she walked to the library to lose herself in the pages of a good book. Eventually, Suzanne followed her dream to work at a library, and became a dedicated employee of Grand Glaize Library in Manchester, Missouri. She worked there for many years, and once again, made several lifelong friends.

Suzanne’s smile and laughter always brightened everyone’s day. She was someone you liked the moment you met her. She loved all animals big and small, especially her fourth Golden Retriever Barney. She could watch the travel channel for hours on end. She loved snow as much as chocolate. Each winter, she shared her exuberance with her daughter at the sight of winter’s first snowfall. She was a devoted Catholic and her prayer list was always a mile long. She attended mass at least once every week at St. Joseph’s or Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Suzanne will especially be remembered for her grace, genuine kindness, selflessness, and generosity. Her beautiful handwritten letters, cards, and notes that she sent to her family and closest friends throughout the year will always be cherished. She will be deeply missed by all.

In the interest of science and giving to others, Suzanne donated her body to the St. Louis University Medical School.

Services: Family and friends will be notified at a later date regarding a memorial mass and celebration of life.

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