Michael Gene Thomas, 57, of Columbia, was called to Heaven on Monday, April 2, 2012, after losing his battle with cancer. He was born to the late Alwyn and Lila (Venitz) Thomas on August 8, 1954, in Washington. After graduating from Washington High School in 1972, he served in the Marine Corp and later graduated from Missouri Baptist College. He is survived by: his wife, Rhonda Newell Thomas; three biological daughters, Frannie Gilmore, Samantha Hudson, and Amanda Lopez; four chosen daughters; 11 grandchildren; one brother; and two nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 14, at the Columbia Church of Christ, 1322 Paris Rd., Columbia, MO 65201. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for a Memorial Tree be made to the Columbia Church of Christ at the Memorial Service or sent at a later date.