ELENOR PATRICIA THOMAS, also known as “Pat Thomas”, was born March 29,1951 in Suffolk, Virginia. She was the third child born to loving parents, Colley and Verdell Rodgers. At a young age, she received Jesus Christ as her personal savior and was baptized at East End Baptist Church.
Elenor attended East Suffolk Elementary School and graduated from JFK High School. The family later moved to San Diego, California, where she continued her education at the University of San Diego, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in sociology.
In May 1969, Elenor enlisted in the United States Navy. She received her Honorable Discharge in August 1977 after four year of service to her country.
After her stint in the Navy, Elenor began employment in civil service at SPAWAR Naval Base, San Diego as an accountant. She retired in 2015 after thirty-five years of exemplary service.
Elenor loved serving the Lord at Saint Stephen’s Cathedral Church of God in Christ under the spiritual guidance of Bishop George D. McKinney. She was a faithful and active member for more than thirty-seven years, where she held numerous leadership positions, including vice president and president of the Cathedral Sanctuary Choir, secretary and also president of the Deaconess Board. She was an evangelist who loved the Lord and had a passion for helping others.
Elenor was very loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a wonderful friend to many. She was outspoken, lovable, always with a beautiful smile, strong and independent, charismatic and very family oriented. She was the foundation that kept the family together, someone you could always talk to.
On Thursday, May 7, 2020, Elenor Patricia Thomas (“Sister Pat”), was called from her earthly labor to eternal rest and now is with the Lord. Waiting to greet her was her mother, Verdell and her brother Andrew Lee Rodgers.
She leaves cherished memories in her daughters, Aisha Parker and Nicole Woodruff-Logan (Brittish); her son, Benjamin Woodruff (Leonessia); her sister, Jean Lorraine Sampson; brother-in-law, Sheller Sampson; twelve grandchildren: Yas-meen, Michelle, Michael, Hakeem, Meontay, Elenor, Deasha, Emoney, Jeremerio, Janetta (Jermere) and Ajanea; along with her St. Stephen’s family, other relatives and friends whom will mourn her passing, yet celebrate her legacy.
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