By The Mercury

Lydia Blanch Thomason, 58, of Andover, died Easter Sunday due to an automobile accident.

The family provided some of the following information.

She was born in France on March 7, 1956, the daughter of Howard and Josiane (Louis) Sweeney.

Lydia and Ron Thomason were united in marriage on Aug. 27, 1977.

Lydia was a homemaker and taking care of her husband, Ronnie, was always her first priority. She loved genealogy, scrap booking, craft projects for children, jazzercise and dining with friends. She was a romance novel extraordinaire. Lydia had a great memory and relished conversation.

She was an avid participant in Farmville computer games.

Lydia was a very generous, kind-hearted person. She loved helping less fortunate individuals, and she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her father, Howard Sweeney; and husband, Ronald Thomason.

Survivors include her mother, Josiane (Louis) Sweeney; brother, Robert (Liz) Sweeney; sisters, Janet (David Fitzpatrick) Sweeney, Jane (James Smith) Balek and Diane (Scott) Freeby; ex-brother-in-law, Bob Balek; sister-in-laws, Carolynn Thomason and Peggy Prophet; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lakeview Funeral Home in Wichita.

A dinner and social gathering will take place after the service for everyone. 

Memorial donations can be made to the Cancer Center of Kansas, 818 N. Emporia No. 403, Wichita, KS 67214.

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