She was a founding member of the Contemporaries, a group of women committed to social change through scholarship assistance and social action projects.
"She could change the mood of anyone in a matter of moments and put a smile on their face," said her son, Bishop Walter Thomas Sr., pastor of the New Psalmist Baptist Church.
After attending Cherry Hill Community Presbyterian Church, she became a member of New Shiloh Baptist Church, where she was ordained a deaconess. She served in the Missionary Society, taught Saturday church school and served as a Woman's Day chair.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe Street.
In addition to her son. survivors include another son, Calvin Thomas Jr., a partner at the real estate appraisal firm Lipman, Frizzell and Mitchell; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Her husband of 59 years, a U.S. Post Office worker, died in 2001.