Martha “Marty” Thomas, age 81, of Perry Township, Canton, Ohio, passed away on September 7, 2021 of cancer at the Compassionate Care Center of Woodlawn. She was born March 19, 1940, the daughter of Cy and Marie (Morrison) Booth. Her siblings were Sr. Nancy Booth of Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh, Bakerstown, Pennsylvania, Catherine “Cookie” Lint of Canton, Christine Booth (deceased), Raymond Booth (deceased) and Leo Booth (deceased.)
Marty was a 1959 graduate of Central Catholic High School. She married Harold “Tom” Thomas on August 1, 1959 and had five children. Her husband, Tom, passed away of cancer on May 9, 1992. She was previously employed at Sanese Services, Upjohn Health Services, the Hoover Company and was a private home health companion. After her youngest daughter was born, she focused on being a stay-at-home Mother. She was a member of a bowling league at Park Center Lanes and a member of a neighborhood women’s card club in the 70’s and she was a cheer coach for North Canton Hoover “Midget football” in the 80’s. She previously enjoyed traveling with her family in their motor-home and camping at Atwood and Tappan Lakes. She also enjoyed home remodeling projects, sewing, crafts, watching the news and listening to Neil Diamond’s music. Marty also enjoyed going out to eat, shopping, going to the salon, trips to Amish Country, attending beauty pageants and attending tea parties with her youngest daughter and granddaughter.
She leaves behind five children, Harold “Scott” Thomas of Canton, Laura “Sue” Simmons (husband Rocky Simmons) of Canal Fulton, Heather Briggs (husband Marty Briggs) of Canton, Michelle Reesey of Port Washington, and Andrea Williamson (husband Scott Williamson) of Alliance. Marty had fourteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
She was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2020, undergoing months of chemotherapy and immunotherapy at Aultman Hospital. A special thank you to her medical staff that worked diligently to assist her medical needs.
Marty will be remembered for her beautiful blue eyes, always speaking what is on her mind, wanting to cook enough food for an army and her endless love. She would often say, “When I die, I don’t want anyone to cry, as I am still with you, only in a much better place.” Marty pre-planned her funeral and requested to be laid to rest beside her beloved husband at the Blessed Virgin section of Calvary Cemetery in Perry Township. A graveside burial will occur on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., pursuant to her wishes. All are encouraged to visit her gravesite and lay flowers in remembrance of her.
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