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Nicoleta Ann ThomasPassing: March 10, 2024


First Baptist Church of Mitchell

Funeral Service

Thursday, March 14th @ 11:00am


Chastain Funeral Home

Wednesday, March 13th @ 4:00pm-7:00pm


Mitchell Cemetery

Thursday, March 14th

MITCHELL – Nicoleta Ann Thomas, 83, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born January 7, 1941, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of William “Bill the Greek” H. and Mary Ellen (White) Cargas.  She married Rolla “Buddy” Athol Thomas, Jr. on August 16, 1959, and he preceded her in death December 28, 2020. They were married for 61 years.

Nicki was a 1959 graduate of Mitchell High School and had been a member of Phi Beta Si Sorority. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church where she served as Deaconess, sang in the choir, played on the softball team, and led VBS music. Teaching the Navigator’s Class is what she loved most of all. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a woman of God known for her prayers. Nicki babysat several children throughout the years and loved each one of them. She was known for her delicious Spanish hamburgers served during the Persimmon Festival. Nicki helped her dad for years at Cargas Café.   

Survivors include her children, Keely Lynn Thomas of Grove City, Ohio and John Kyle Thomas of Bedford; grandchildren, John (Nicole), Jay, Joseph, Dominic, and Chris Thomas; great grandchildren, William Shepherd and Evelyn Guinn Thomas; in-laws, Steve and Anita Thomas of Mitchell and John Richards of Bedford; and several loving nieces and nephews.    

Her parents; in-laws; husband; sons; William Cully Thomas and James Cary Thomas; and sister-in-law, Gail Richards, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 14 at the First Baptist Church with Reverend Reggie Clark and Pastor Dwight Dunbar officiating.  Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the church.

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17 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Kathy Bolton | Mitchell IN
    Date: April 3, 2024
    Nicki was a tireless prayer warrior and loving friend! She taught me much about Jesus and his unfailing love for us!! Praising Jesus as I know, that I know, that I know, she is rejoicing and living large in Heaven!
  2. Guest: Jackie Stillman | Mitchell
    Date: March 14, 2024
    Keeley. I am so sorry about your mom. She was definitely a great mom friend and babysitter. I don't know what I would have done without her when Mandi was little I was unable to come to the funeral home and am out of town today. Prayers for you
  3. Guest: Kurt Caudell | Springville In.
    Date: March 13, 2024
    Kyle and family, sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She was such a likable person, always with a smile on her face. I always enjoyed talking about ballgames with her and Buddy. Prayers are with you.
  4. Guest: Donald R Mann | Indianapolis
    Date: March 13, 2024
    Steve, sorry to hear about Nikki, she was always very friendly to me as was Buddy. Katie and I offer our deepest sympathies.
  5. Guest: Eddie Hatfield | Mitchell
    Date: March 12, 2024
    Keely and John your mother is a saint in Heaven. I cannot tell you two how many times your mother was at Ford at 3:30 am to get Cully and he had left hours ago and never called her. Prayers to all.
  6. Guest: Scott Fields | Mitchell, IN
    Date: March 12, 2024
    Kyle and family. I was saddened to her of Nicki’s passing. She was a gregarious, full of joy for Jesus believer. I can hear the rejoicing going on in heaven. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Peace, ~pete
  7. Guest: John Hardman | Bloomington, In.
    Date: March 11, 2024
    I remember Nicky and Buddy so well! Nicky was always joyful and happy whenever I saw her! Her dad, Bill, would feed me when I was just a kid and my mother would wonder why I wasn’t hungry when I got home! Prayers and condolences for the family!🙏❤
  8. Guest: Beverly (White) Bradshaw | Danville Ind
    Date: March 11, 2024
    We always went to Aunt Ellen’s house to visit or spend the night at Ellen’s house. They were a lot of great memories when we were kids. I will miss you cousin Nicki very much.
  9. Guest: Sandalee Jeffries | Mitchell
    Date: March 10, 2024
    My sincere condolences to the family. What a special lady, and sweet soul. I’m sorry to hear of her passing. But I’m sure she is rejoicing.
  10. Guest: Jonathan Bohnenkamp | Columbia, MO
    Date: March 10, 2024
    When I was little and would get cold chills, my Mimi would always tell me “Nicki always said that’s the Holy Spirit speaking”. I still think of her every time I get them.. praying for you all!
  11. Guest: Darla French | Wallingford CT
    Date: March 10, 2024
    Keely and Kyle, and families: So deeply sorry for the loss of your mother. She was one incredibly loving and amazing woman. May you memories of her bring you comfort as you recall her hugs, the way she smiled, cooked incredible family dinners, and even told family stories. Heaven sure gained an amazing new angel. May she be sitting at the kitchen table in heaven talking with your dad, Cully and Cary❤ Sending much love and support.
  12. Guest: Jetta Jenkins | Bedford, In 47446
    Date: March 10, 2024
    Kyle and Keely: My prayers are with you both in the loss of your mom. We shared s friendship and made memories when you kids were growing up. I have missed her the last several years. She was a faithful prayer warrior and loved her Savior. God bless you both.
  13. Guest: Michelle Haley Magruder | Whiteland, IN
    Date: March 10, 2024
    Kyle and family, My condolences on the loss of your mother. I hope you all have many happy memories to help you through this difficult time.
  14. Guest: Roberta Henderson | Merrill Mi
    Date: March 10, 2024
    So sorry to hear of Nicki's passing. She was in my class at school and always had a beautiful smile and little giggle. Welcome to your new home, Nicki. Prayers for those left behind.
  15. Guest: Cindy Acton Matlock | Bedford
    Date: March 10, 2024
    Kyle, Keely and family I have many memories with Niki. So many years at FBC, choir, Sunday School, bible study to name a few. We won’t be able to make visitation or the funeral as we are in Texas. Please know that our prayers are with you all.
  16. Guest: Steven Gilbert | Mitchell
    Date: March 10, 2024
    She was my Sunday School teacher for over 20 years and neighbor. She was a Great woman of God and I owe her a lot in my Spiritual Walk.
  17. Guest: Sarah Houchin Jennings | Bedford Indiana
    Date: March 10, 2024
    Keely and Kyle, Praise God, well done, good and faithful servant! I know she heard those words! What an incredible woman! You know those 9th street mamas are up there running things. So many good memories of her. She was always a good friend to our family. You will miss her greatly. I pray for God’s peace and comfort for you at such a hard season in your lives. Much love!