On Nov. 29, Eva S. Cockerill Thomas passed away peacefully at Regal Heights Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. A woman of incredible strength, compassion, patience and beauty, she will be missed not only by her family, but by anyone who was blessed to know her.

Born in Wilmington, Del., on Oct. 7, 1922, Eve was the daughter of the late George Cockerill and Clara Stevens Cockerill. She graduated Wilmington High School in 1940, and worked as a bookkeeper at Diamond Ice and Coal, and later as an office manager for Diamond State Telephone Credit Union, where she retired in 1988. Always giving of her time and spirit, she volunteered at Riverside Hospital, delivered food for Meals on Wheels and spent countless hours at Richardson Park United Methodist Church, where she was a longtime parishioner. For years, she was an active member of the Women’s Club affiliated with the Girls Club of Wilmington.

In addition to her parents, Eve is preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert B. Thomas Sr.; her son, David J. Thomas; three brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her son, Robert B. Thomas Jr., and daughter-in-law, Jane A. Gillen Thomas; her daughter, Susan C. Thomas Phillippe, and son-in-law Richard A. Phillippe; her younger sister, Grace Cockerill Pettyjohn; 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and loved ones.

A service celebrating Eve’s life will be held Friday, Dec. 6, at Richardson Park United Methodist Church, 11 N. Maryland Ave., Wilmington, Del. The service will begin at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will immediately follow at Silverbrook Cemetery, 3300 Lancaster Ave., Wilmington, Del.

In lieu of flowers, Eve’s family requests that contributions be made to Richardson Park United Methodist Church, a place that was dear to her heart.