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~

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