Molly Thomas
Molly Thomas
Molly Thomas

Obituary of Molly Elizabeth Thomas

Molly Elizabeth Foster Thomas, daughter of Jerry and Christine Foster of New Plymouth and much-loved wife of Skylar Thomas of Fruitland, died of an epileptic seizure at home on June 28, 2022. She was born on May 30, 1988. Her greatest joy in life was becoming a wife and mother. She and Skylar were expecting their first baby later this year. Molly accomplished other important goals in her life, including serving in the California Arcadia Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and later earning an associate of science degree in natural resources at TVCC. She worked at Yellowstone National Park for several seasons to pay her tuition. She loved mountains and nature, reading, and eating fried potatoes. She knitted, crocheted, crafted, and baby-sat numerous nieces and nephews. She also loved learning karate from her favorite sensei, Jerry Courtney. Molly married Skylar Thomas in Meridian, Idaho, Temple on October 9, 2020. She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Marie Thomas of Weiser, in 2021. She is survived by sisters Laura (David) Cole of Bixby Oklahoma, Sara (Mike) Moscrip of Fruitland, Becky Foster of Nampa, and Katie (Nathan) Rennels of Nampa; brothers Ben (Lana) Foster of Jerome Idaho, Josh (Laura) Foster of Weiser Idaho, and David (Tanya) Foster of Tucson, Arizona. Molly was the seventh of eight children in our family and she let us know that she wanted to be in our family long before she was born. Anytime we gathered the family for dinner, for prayer, or just to load up in the car we would count heads to make sure everyone was there. The number always came up right, but somebody seemed to be missing. Our family wasn't complete without Molly and then Laura. Molly was born May 30, 1988. Mom and Dad brought her home from the hospital and she was so small, cute, and very special. She cried all the time and because of that, and the fact that a man in our ward had a calf that always bawled, she and the calf were both called Squally Molly. Molly had a vivid imagination and in one case when Molly was quite small, our sister Becky found her in her Sunday dress sitting on a piece of plywood that was floating down a leach-infested slough that was near our home. I can only imagine the fairy tales that were running through her head. She probably thought she was the little mermaid or something. One time we found a giant toad in the slough. It was the size of a diner plate. Molly's siblings sneaked into the house with the giant toad and then to the bathroom where little Molly as taking a bath. She was about five years old. We jumped out from behind the door with Mr. Toad and scared Molly to death. She screamed so loudly that Mom kicked us out of the house. I think she said, "Get that thing out of here!!" When Molly was about three years old, she ran away from home. We found her about a hundred yards down the county road, carrying only the essentials of life, a gallon jug of pancake syrup. Molly disappeared again when she was five. This time it was Mom and Dad's fault. We'd been shopping at the Red Apple grocery store in Ontario-and left her behind. We had just gotten across the river on the Idaho side and Sara said, where's Molly? Dad flipped that van around so fast before anyone really knew what we were doing. He grove through the median and headed full speed back into Ontario. Molly and the store manager were enjoying some candy together. We had a turkey named Darth Vader, and Molly hated him because he would chase the little girls. Cousin Debbie remembers a time when she chased that turkey clear across the property for picking on Molly and her son, Joshua. Perhaps that is one reason Molly always loved Thanksgiving-because she could eat the turkey legs. Molly was also not a fan of roosters. We had a mean rooster that pecked and chased all the kids. We had been working on a water pipe and the ditch was deep. Ben killed the rooster and threw it in the trench. Laura knew the rooster was in the trench-and dead-so she told Molly to run as fast as she could from one end of the trench to the other to see how fast she could do it. Molly took off running and when she saw the rooster, she dug her hands into the walls of the trench to come to a screeching halt. Molly was forever traumatized by that bird. In the late 90's, Becky had everyone write about themselves and give predictions about other family members. Molly said her greatest challenge in life was trying to not fight with Laura. They fought but loved each other intensely. Molly also said one of her favorite stories of her early years was taking her diaper off in the Ontario Library and running around with a bare bottom. Her earliest memory, though, was sitting with Laura in the camper in the mountains. Both were eating hot dogs on the potty. Molly loved being an aunt, most of the time. When nieces or nephews would spend the night Molly would tell them very detailed imaginative stories that she made up to help them fall asleep. Stories with fairies, dragons, princesses, and trolls. And if she frightened them too much with her stories with her stories she would sing "I am a Child of God" to them. Molly had an amazing imagination, and she wrote stories her whole life. Molly would often have sleepovers on the trampoline with the nieces and nephews, and if any of them kept her up too late she would make them take a walk at the break of dawn down the train tracks. Even those cute kiddos can push someone over the edge. Molly once duct-taped one of her nephews to a chair. It was Doug, who is now a cadet at West Point. If it was meant to be punishment, it didn't work. In fact, it backfired on Molly because all of Doug's cousins thought he was having too much fun, so they wanted to be duct taped too. Molly sometimes took her nieces or nephews to the karate class taught by sensei, Jerry Courtney. Molly loved karate and it really helped that shy quiet girl blossom into a more confident person. The girls all remember when Molly took them to karate that there was a powerful sprinkler along the road and Molly made them roll down their windows and she would time it just right to get that sprinkler to shoot everyone in the face. They loved it. Molly had a real obsession with potatoes. And cheese. Every morning she made herself fried potatoes and covered them with cheese. Nieces and nephews always called them Molly's potatoes. Molly always had a strong testimony. I don't think she ever doubted; her faith was unwavering. She was passionate about her beliefs. When she was old enough, she knew she wanted to serve a mission. She got her call to the Arcadia California Mission. She loved it and always spoke very sweetly about her companions. She loved them all. When Molly returned home, she went to TVCC and earned an Associate of Science degree in natural resources. Molly's favorite jobs were working at Yellowstone National Park and Ponderosa State Park in McCall. She loved the mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and all the beauties the earth has to offer. In October 2020, she married her sweetheart, Skylar Thomas. She was outrageously happy with him. She was so happy with him. She was so happy to be a wife and wanted more than anything to be a mother. Molly started having seizures when she was about 13 and learned to deal with it. Her doctor helped her find the best medication for a pregnancy and Molly quickly became pregnant. She was so happy when she found out, but she couldn't keep a secret. Very soon, the family grapevine began humming with the news. We were all happy for her, but scared, nervous, worried, but always happy. Our sister, Katy, and her daughter, Tori, wanted to plan a baby shower for Molly. They were quite insistent that it happen immediately. None of the rest of us really knew why because Molly had so much time ahead of her. We celebrated Molly's motherhood and the sweet baby she was carrying on June 20th, just a week before Molly's fatal seizure. Unborn children are not named, typically, but Skylar wanted to remember him as a son, so he named him Eric Odin Thomas. Service Details. Visitation When: Friday, July 8th, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - New Plymouth Address: 521 S. Plymouth Avenue New Plymouth, Idaho 83655 Service When: Friday, July 8th, 2022 10:00am Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - New Plymouth Address: 521 S. 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