Michelle Clara Thomas, age 47, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away in the late evening hours of Friday, August 28, 2020 at Methodist Medical Center in San Antonio, with her loving mother and family by her side. Michelle was born on July 8, 1973 in Bad-Kissingen, Germany to Earl Curtis and Brigitte Eva Spieske Thomas.
Michelle graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1992, where she was a standout student and star athlete. Michelle began playing basketball which began a road that would take her to places most could only dream. She learned the skills and work ethic to earn a chance to play basketball at Texas Tech University. Michelle was a proud member of the Texas Tech Women’s Basketball National Championship Team in 1993 under legendary coach, Martha Sharp. It was as a member of this team that Michelle forged lifetime friendships and lived memories that only those few will truly know and cherish.
Following her basketball career, Michelle enrolled in Texas Tech School of Law where she earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. Following law school, Michelle dedicated her life to education and teaching others by becoming an English teacher. Her love of reading and knack for debate were valuable tools she used to educate countless minds along her journey. Those who knew Michelle best will always remember a woman with an infectious smile who never met a stranger and was universally loved by most; she was a woman who knew what she wanted in life and worked to accomplish her dreams. She was a daughter, sister, niece and friend who loved those around her with all of her heart.
Michelle is survived by her beloved parents, Earl and Brigitte Thomas, of San Antonio; brothers, Dayne Thomas and Dwayne Thomas, both of San Antonio; nieces and nephews, Brianna Thomas, Simone Thomas, Trent Thomas, and Dayne Thomas, Jr.; her beloved dog, Schatzie; and by a host of other relatives and very special friends.
Michelle was preceded in death by one brother, Danny Thomas; maternal grandparents, Erich and Elvira Spieske, paternal grandparents, John Henry and Clara Thomas, uncle, Rainer Spieske, and aunt, Erma La Pearl Holmes.
Funeral services for Michelle C. Thomas will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Chapel Hill Funeral Home with Father Idowu officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park where Michelle will be laid to rest next to her beloved brother, Danny, with Dayne Thomas, Dwayne Thomas, Dayne N. Thomas, Trent Thomas, Harold Thomas, and Hammand Thomas serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be held from 9 am – 11 am, Saturday morning, at the funeral home.
Those who cannot travel or safely attend the services are invited to view the services via live stream at www.chapelhillsa.com.
The family would like to offer and heartfelt “thank you” to all of the friends who have shown their love of Michelle through calls, text, visits and food – your kindness will never be forgotten.