Eileen Mae (Rader) Thomas

Eileen Mae (Rader) Thomas passed away March 11, 2014.

She was born in Gage, OK in 1922. Most of her life was spent in Kansas City and later years in Kimberling City, MO. She loved God, her family and her music. She was a fine pianist who spent her life coaching and accompanying musicians and singers, including her husband of 63 yrs., Evans Thomas, whom she met while at the Conservatory of Music. Eileen helped found the Lyric Opera Women’s Committee and was a tireless worker for her SAI Music Fraternity, receiving service and leadership awards. She played the piano at the Pembroke Hill School, College of the Ozarks, Kimberling City United Methodist and Church of the Resurrection in Leawood.

Eileen is survived by her children, Larry and Lewis Thomas, Daphne Williams and Debbie Stone, 6 grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.

A memorial celebration will be held April 10 at 2:00 pm at Wesley Covenant Chapel at Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe, Leawood, KS. The family suggests donations be sent to Kimberling City United Methodist Church, 57 Lake Rd. 13-40, Kimberling City, MO 65686.


  1. Julie Walker Antle on April 6, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Throughout all of my years I have never encountered an accompanist as gifted as Mrs. Thomas. She was always able to give encouragement and help pick up the pieces when you were at the end of your rope. She was a lady through and through. Truly one of Gods blessings planted to bring His light to many students. I’m sure she is right there with the choir of angels enjoying herself.

  2. Donna Garbison on April 2, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Mrs. Thomas coached me at S of O (now C of O) both in voice and piano. I loved her so much – we all did. She was such a talented lady and so gracious – always encouraging and pushing us to do more than we thought we could. She opened her home to us music students on so many occasions – Christmas time and after finals and the end of semester. She always warned us about making her “gritchy” which she explained was somewhere between grumpy & bitchy. I have never met anyone that could sightread piano music with such near perfection. She shared with me that it was God-given ability. I truly believe that. She was vital part of my music education. Class of 87′ College of the Ozarks.

  3. Cindy Powell on March 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    My mom, Pat Powell, who is in the local nursing home, wanted me to let you know what a good friend and neighbor Eileen was. She and Evans were just the nicest people. Mom and Eileen walked and worked crossword puzzles together for years.
    Generations pass on, but it’s still sad.
    Thank you Eileen and Evans, for leaving your paths a better place.
    Sincerely, Bob and Pat Powell

  4. Dick & Dorothy Erickson at Table Rock Lake on March 21, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    We considered Evans and Eileen our good friends here at the lake. Evans was in our poker group along with Royal Martin who dated Eileen when they were at West Port HS (she had the good sense to dump him) They brought their musical talent along with their friendship into our lives. Eileen was a lady who inspired all who knew her.

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