Bethany M. Thomas

Died: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Private Arrangements

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Bethany M. Thomas, 33, died Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospital.  She was the daughter of Joseph Thomas and Linda (Reynolds) Skapik.
     She was born in New Bedford and grew up in Acushnet where she lived for most of her life.  She was a homemaker.  She attended Our Lady of Purgatory Church.
     Bethany graduated from Bridgewater State College, receiving her bachelor’s degree in social work.
     She enjoyed walking, family vacations to the mountains of New Hampshire, and in her youth, fishing and crabbing.  Bethany was very talented in writing poems.  She was always willing to help anyone in need.
     Survivors include her parents; her stepfather, Michael Skapik; a son, William Hughes and his father, Damien Hughes; 1 sister, Catrina Skapik; 1 brother, Devin Skapik; 2 aunts, Carol Thomas (also her godmother) and Cynthia Reynolds; 2 uncles, Peter Thomas and David Reynolds; and many cousins and friends.
     Private arrangements are with Machnowski Funeral Home, 472 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford.
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David Reynolds
   Posted Sun December 30, 2018
“The caterpillar dies so the butterfly could be born. And, yet, the caterpillar lives in the butterfly and they are but one. So, when I die, it will be that I have been transformed from the caterpillar of earth to the butterfly of the universe.”
– John Harricharan
I love you Beth, give my Love to your Grandparents for me.
Forever in your heart Uncle David

June Smith
   Posted Sun December 30, 2018
So Very Sorry to Bethanys Family. Linda my heart breaks for You, your family and William. May she finally be at Peace. I am So Sorry.

Robin J. Ray
   Posted Sun December 30, 2018
Sleep in peace, Bethany....Godspeed...Robin~

DawnMarie Greene and Robert Hontz
   Posted Sun December 30, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family always.

And then I heard and angel say:
" She's with you everyday"
Author Unknown

Love, Bob and Dawn

Hope Vary
   Posted Sun December 30, 2018
Heaven has gained another Angel
God always gives us a rainbow after a thunderstorm.....may God be with you in this time of grieving...One more star will rise in the sky at night..

Michael Edwards
   Posted Mon December 31, 2018
I am so sorry to hear about a sweet young woman that has left us so soon I hope to see her in the coming times when I shall join the dead

Tanya Menard
   Posted Mon December 31, 2018
Im so sorry to hear of the loss of such a beautiful ,smart young lady I only met you once I am Damiens sister but because of you Bethany another angel was created little Billy ,god has you in his care. Bless your family at this difficult time. I will be there for Damien and Billy no worries sleep in peace beautiful angel

Crystal Andrade
   Posted Mon December 31, 2018
I still can't believe you passed away Bethany. My heart breaks for your son and family and I hope you are in Heaven watching over him. I will always have the memories of our fun times together and you won't be forgotten. Rest in Peace homegirl.❤️

Deborah Polchlopek and Linda Rose
   Posted Tue January 01, 2019
Our hearts are deeply saddened.

   Posted Sun January 13, 2019
Shocked and deeply saddened to learn beautiful Bethany has passed. We extend our deepest, heartfelt sympathy to her family, friends and mentor Pastor Steve Dottinat this devastating time of sudden, unexpected and DEEP sorrow. "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!” I pray her last breath on earth was her very first in Heaven; may your beautiful soul rest in eternal peace~

Damien Hughes we share a son together Billy Hughes
   Posted Sat February 02, 2019
Dear Bethany
I'm crying as i write this our son is sleeping right beside me and I always talk about you and I promise you that I will never let him forget you I will always love you for the greatest gift we made together out of love of course its our son Billy, he always asks for you and I hope your able to look down on our baby he tells me he sees you and you sleep with him at night i hope you do I know how much you love him and and he loves you God I wish this never happened it hurts so bad Beth in the words of Layne Staley now you can fly your wings are no longer denied and the song whale and wasp always makes me cry 💔😢 i remember when you told me you wanted to have it played at your funeral or wake but you got neither unfortunately and I for one feel like I haven't gotten closure I never got to say goodbye and tell you how much I love you and how much you have meant to me I'll never forget how we met or how id get up early to see you on your way to work id grab you dunks breakfast sandwich and your weird coffee concoctions lol thank you for making my life not so dull and for billy he tells me you visit him almost daily and lay down with him he says you glow and look beautiful 😍 i wouldn't expect anything less than that you were a beautiful woman I remember finding out were pregnant and I had your name tattooed on my heart i wanna get your dob and dod in roman numerals and that lyric from down in a hole where layne says i want to fly but my wings have been so denied im gonna change it to now she can fly and soar way up high because her wings are no longer denied

   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
Missing you Always happy mothers day Billy and I love you

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