Funeral services for Margie Paulette (Bighorse) Thomas were held Sept. 27 at the Thomas Family Farm and Cemetery in White Oak, OK. Mr. Eric Wenismart officiated the services. The family had a traditional wake starting at the Thomas Family home and cemetery. Interment was in the Thomas Family Cemetery. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com.
Margie Paulette Thomas, or “Paulette” to her many friends, was born on December 12th, 1946 in Vinita, OK, the daughter of Paul and Margie (Burkhart) Bighorse. She graduated from Oaks Mission High School and obtained her Bachelor Degree at Northeastern State University. She worked in the Communication Department for the Cherokee Nation, beginning her work in 1989 until her passing. She was tremendously proud of her Osage/Eastern Shawnee/Delaware heritage. She enjoyed studying Native History and Languages. She was an avid reader and loved a good book. Whenever she had some free time, Paulette loved to spend a day fishing or gathering everyone for a game of ball. The lake was always a good place to unwind or spend time with her beloved family. She enjoyed stepping out for a little dancing or attending the Stomp Dances. She was usually in the company of her husband and best friend, John Thomas, whom she married on February 27, 1995 in Fayetteville, AR. She was so very proud of her children, Kevin, Jason, and Andrea, and loved that very special grandson, Nicholas Meadows. She loved people and enjoyed working for the Cherokee Nation, making life better for those around her. She was always ready with a smile and possessed a laugh that warmed the room. Her health began to fail her and Paulette was called to her eternal home on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at her home in Tahlequah. She was 67 years old. Paulette will be greatly missed by all the friends whose lives she touched and her family for her unchanging love.
Paulette is preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, John W. Brown.
Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved husband John Thomas of the home in Tahlequah. Her three children include Kevin Gann of Tahlequah, Jason Starnes of Conroe, TX, and Andrea Meadows with her husband, Glenn and son Nicholas of Houston, TX. She leaves one brother and two sisters, Billy Brown of Tulsa, OK, Margie Burkhart of Tahlequah, Doris Burkhart of Skiatook, OK, and Marsha Love of Kellyville, OK, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and a host of loved ones.