Obituary: Mattie Higgins Thomas

Mattie F. Higgins Thomas, 87, of Amarillo died Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Graveside services were at 11 a.m, Monday, June 26, at Palo Duro Cemetery in Wildorado, with Jim Shelburne, senior pastor of Washington Avenue Christian Church, officiating. Arrangements were by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mattie was born June 2, 1930, in Deaf Smith County to Fred and Catherine Stinger Higgins. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

She married A. Ralph Thomas on June 3, 1966, in Tucumcari, N.M.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Clifford D. Seay; her sister, Billie Harris; and three brothers, Charles Higgins, Fred “Tiny” Higgins, and John Higgins.

Survivors include her son, Ronald Seay and wife Clara of Garden Plain; step-daughters, Elaine Schlegel and husband Jerry of Amarillo, and Pat Lewis and husband Roger of Amarillo; a stepson, Cecil Thomas and wife Kathy, of Wheeler, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Mary Seay, of Las Vegas, N.M.; two sisters, Luella Thomas of Hereford, Texas, and Alberta Cantwell of Benson, Ariz.; two brothers, Ted Higgins of Hereford, Texas, and Bob Higgins, of Lubbock; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to a favorite charity.

The family will received friends Sunday, June 25, at the funeral home.