Virginia C. (Gina) Thomas, 99, went home to be with her Lord and Savior March 29, 2019, at Sussman House in Rockport surrounded by family and friends.

She will be remembered as a loving and caring mother, grandmother aunt and friend.

Born in Rockland Oct. 31, 1919, Virginia was the daughter of Parker S. and Hattie L. Emery Merriam. She grew up in Owls Head on Sunny Acres along with her twin sister, Dorothea “Doffy,” and two brothers, Donald and Paul. She attended schools in the Rockland area, graduating from Rockland High School in 1938. After graduation, Virginia worked at Sears Roebuck in Rockland, attaining the position of manager.

She married Rockland native Richard Thomas in Pensacola, Fla., March 18, 1941. Richard was a photographer with the Navy, and after the war worked as a civil engineer, taking the family to New Jersey, Newfoundland and California. The family eventually settled in Camden.

Virginia was an active member of Camden’s Chestnut Street Baptist Church for more than 60 years. She was a longtime member of the Knox County Extension and was a talented craftswoman known for her braided rugs, sewing, cooking and gardening. Her children remember walking home for lunch during school, where she would be waiting with lunch. She loved the outdoors, especially hiking, skating, biking and skiing at the Snow Bowl. Her family fondly remembers many summers at their camp on Moosehead Lake and time spent at her former home on Hosmer Pond.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard E. Thomas; her son, Richard D. Thomas, in 2006; twin sister Dorothea Gross in 2018; brothers Donald Merriam and Paul Merriam; and a nephew, Fred Merriam. Virginia is survived by daughters Jean Small of Bangor, Barbara Thomas of Lincolnville Beach; grandchildren Katrina (Cory) Underhill of Camden, Shawn (Mai) Berry of California, Peter (Amber) Small of Bangor, Alex Small of Bangor, and Samantha Thomas; great-grandchildren Nicholas Sukeforth, Jake Underhill, Dustin Underhill, Emma Small, Isabell Small, Parker Small, Thomas Small, Zoe Small and Oliver Small; and is fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church, 29 Chestnut St., Camden, with a reception to follow. Pastor Wayne Wallace will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sussman Hospice House, 40 Anchor Drive, Rockport, ME 04856.

To share a memory or condolence with the Thomas family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.