Mildred Thomas

Mildred June Paugh Vayhinger Thomas, 99, of Madison, Indiana, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at the Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

She was born May 14, 1920, in Jennings County, Indiana, to Frank H. and Allie Dale Jolley Paugh. She was a 1938 graduate of North Madison High School, a homemaker and worked part time in the high school cafeteria. In 1972, she started working as a clerk at Clifty Falls State Park and then transferred to the Indiana State Highway Department where she worked until retiring in 1986. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church since 1944 and attended the United Methodist Ladies organization, the Women of the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765, the Madison VFW Post No. 1969 Auxiliary and was an active volunteer in the Jefferson County Republican Party. She loved dancing, enjoyed sewing, crocheting, cross stitching and quilting, was an avid Euchre player and was always involved in her community and going to all of the senior dances.

She married Charles Albert Vayhinger on Feb. 28, 1939, in Madison, and they had two sons and a daughter. He died unexpectedly on Jan. 31, 1986. She then married William “Bud” Thomas on April 15, 1989 and he died on Sept. 2, 2000.

Survivors include sons, Jack Vayhinger of Lawrenceville, Illinois and Phil Vayhinger of Leesburg, Florida; a daughter, Sandra Vanderburg of Chesterfield, Michigan; a step-daughter, Janet Darnold of Madison; and three grandsons, two granddaughters, eight step-grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, brother Clyde and infant brother Cecil Paugh, and her sisters, Letha Barton, Edith McCarter, Alta Nicklaus, Eva Tilley, Helen Schoenemann and Ethel Carey.

Funeral service is 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Madison. Interment will follow in the Hebron Cemetery near Madison. Friends may visit from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison and Monday from noon until time of the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com