Our staff's commitment to you

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Mark A. Thomas, CCO Owner/Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Certified Crematory Operator

Mark was born and raised in Galesburg, the son of Gary and Karen. He is the third generation of his family to live in Galesburg. After graduating from Galesburg High School, he attended Carl Sandburg College and graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Mortuary Science and Funeral Service in 1994. Mark received his BA from Western Illinois University in 2007. He worked at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington for 3 ½ years prior to moving back to Galesburg in 1998 when he started working at Watson Funeral Home. He was elected Knox County Coroner in 2004, a position he still holds. In late 2009 he and his wife Tricia purchased Watson Funeral Home from John and Peg. 

 

Mark and his wife Tricia have two sons Andrew and Luke. 

 

He is active in many community service organizations, a member and past president of the Galesburg Hospitals Ambulance Service Board of Directors, is a past president of the Galesburg Area Crimestoppers, past Parish Council member at Corpus Christi Church, and is on the St. Joseph’s Cemetery Association Board. He is a noon Lion's Club member and past president. He graduated from Leadership Greater Galesburg in 2005. Mark is a past board member of the Discovery Depot Board of Directors and has been active in helping coach his sons baseball and basketball teams. Mark is also a board member of the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Salvation Army.  Mark serves on the regional child death review team and the Western Illinois Fatality Review Team as well as being an appointed member of the Illlinois State Fatality Review Team.  He and his wife are very active in the community.

 

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Tricia J. Thomas, CCO Owner/Accountant/Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Certified Crematory Operator

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Tiffany Dowell, CCO Licensed Funeral Director/ Embalmer/Certified Crematory Operator

Tiffany comes from Abingdon, Illinois. She graduated from the Carl Sandburg Mortuary Science Program in 2009. After graduating mortuary school, Tiffany completed an apprenticeship with Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Des Moines, Iowa and then served as an apprentice for Mark and Tricia here at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home in 2011. After taking a few years off to spend with her family, Tiffany joined the staff of Watson-Thomas in March of 2015 as a funeral director and also serves as a Deputy Coroner for the Knox County. 

 

Tiffany and her husband, Mathew, have three children; Bryce, Bronson, and Serenity. 

 

Tiffany is a member of the Abingdon Kiwanis Club where she is serving as Vice-President for the 2015-2016 year, and is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Harry E. Wiles Post 381. In her spare time, Tiffany loves to read, watch her children participate in sports, and spend time with her family at their cabin on the Mississippi River.

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Melissa Mosley Family Service Specialist

Melissa Marie Mosley is dedicated to creating, developing and marketing healthy communication programs and products that educate, train, and strengthen family and community values. Her primary goal is to inspire hope and security to families and communities in today’s changing society. She was inspired to write at a very young age and her Grandmother encouraged her to write poetry and develop creative products to teach how to care for others. Eventually, life’s circle process taught her many lessons as Melissa, her family and friends cared for her ailing Grandma Frick. After three years care giving, Melissa created products and systems that could help others to assist those dying from long term care illnesses.  She developed and published two books: Community ElderSharing® and Caring Book, and the Family ElderSharing® and Caring Book. She is also an author of six cookbooks: Apples!, Berries!, Nuts!, Peaches!, Pumpkins!, and The Motorcycler’s Wild Critter Cookbook, with Road Kill Stories.  

 

Melissa was raised in Burlington, Iowa. In 1985 she received an Iowa State University (ISU) Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, emphasis in magazine writing and advertising, minors in Sociology, Marketing and Religious Studies. She worked in Burlington for three years as Convention & Tourism Director, winning awards for her excellent community marketing ideas and efforts. Melissa pursued her skills in assisting and educating farmers through the Southeast Iowa Model Farms Demonstration Project; in 1992 she received the ISU Extension’s Excellence in Achievement Award. She continued her advanced education and received in 1992 a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

 

In addition to her higher education, Melissa has received several certifications. She is an Iowa, Illinois and Missouri licensed long term care, life insurance and annuity insurance specialist and teaches CE Classes to Iowa Insurance Producers.  She specializes in Care Giving, Senior Chronic Illness, Health, Nutrition & Fitness, Alzheimer & Dementia, Assisted Living, Grief & Loss, Advance Directives, Senior Spirituality and Funeral Planning. As a Certified Funeral Celebrant and Certified Preneed Consultant, she works with grieving families and funeral directors to create a meaningful service confirming the significance of a loved one’s death. She is an Advanced Toastmaster Bronze (ATM-B) and speaks concerning senior issues, family, parenting, health care, spirituality, long term financial strategies, women’s issues, whole life balance, inspiration, and humor.  Melissa’s time is spent teaching and healing families and communities through LifeCircle Enterprises®, ElderSharing® and WomenSharing.

 

Her sons, Nathan (29), Matthew (27), and Jacob (25) and her family, help inspire her to achieve her life goals. Melissa enjoys reading, writing poetry, screenplays and short stories, horseback riding, canoeing, fly fishing, bird watching, playing pool and cards, hiking, cooking, dancing, and star gazing. Melissa also enjoys walking Coco, collecting Longaberger products & Precious Moments items. 

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Rick Sexton Funeral Assistant

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Pastor Darrell Grimm Funeral Assistant

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Mark A. Thomas, CCO

Owner/Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Certified Crematory Operator

Mark was born and raised in Galesburg, the son of Gary and Karen. He is the third generation of his family to live in Galesburg. After graduating from Galesburg High School, he attended Carl Sandburg College and graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Mortuary Science and Funeral Service in 1994. Mark received his BA from Western Illinois University in 2007. He worked at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington for 3 ½ years prior to moving back to Galesburg in 1998 when he started working at Watson Funeral Home. He was elected Knox County Coroner in 2004, a position he still holds. In late 2009 he and his wife Tricia purchased Watson Funeral Home from John and Peg. 

 

Mark and his wife Tricia have two sons Andrew and Luke. 

 

He is active in many community service organizations, a member and past president of the Galesburg Hospitals Ambulance Service Board of Directors, is a past president of the Galesburg Area Crimestoppers, past Parish Council member at Corpus Christi Church, and is on the St. Joseph’s Cemetery Association Board. He is a noon Lion's Club member and past president. He graduated from Leadership Greater Galesburg in 2005. Mark is a past board member of the Discovery Depot Board of Directors and has been active in helping coach his sons baseball and basketball teams. Mark is also a board member of the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Salvation Army.  Mark serves on the regional child death review team and the Western Illinois Fatality Review Team as well as being an appointed member of the Illlinois State Fatality Review Team.  He and his wife are very active in the community.

 

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Tricia J. Thomas, CCO

Owner/Accountant/Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer/Certified Crematory Operator
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Tiffany Dowell, CCO

Licensed Funeral Director/ Embalmer/Certified Crematory Operator

Tiffany comes from Abingdon, Illinois. She graduated from the Carl Sandburg Mortuary Science Program in 2009. After graduating mortuary school, Tiffany completed an apprenticeship with Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Des Moines, Iowa and then served as an apprentice for Mark and Tricia here at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home in 2011. After taking a few years off to spend with her family, Tiffany joined the staff of Watson-Thomas in March of 2015 as a funeral director and also serves as a Deputy Coroner for the Knox County. 

 

Tiffany and her husband, Mathew, have three children; Bryce, Bronson, and Serenity. 

 

Tiffany is a member of the Abingdon Kiwanis Club where she is serving as Vice-President for the 2015-2016 year, and is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Harry E. Wiles Post 381. In her spare time, Tiffany loves to read, watch her children participate in sports, and spend time with her family at their cabin on the Mississippi River.

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Melissa Mosley

Family Service Specialist

Melissa Marie Mosley is dedicated to creating, developing and marketing healthy communication programs and products that educate, train, and strengthen family and community values. Her primary goal is to inspire hope and security to families and communities in today’s changing society. She was inspired to write at a very young age and her Grandmother encouraged her to write poetry and develop creative products to teach how to care for others. Eventually, life’s circle process taught her many lessons as Melissa, her family and friends cared for her ailing Grandma Frick. After three years care giving, Melissa created products and systems that could help others to assist those dying from long term care illnesses.  She developed and published two books: Community ElderSharing® and Caring Book, and the Family ElderSharing® and Caring Book. She is also an author of six cookbooks: Apples!, Berries!, Nuts!, Peaches!, Pumpkins!, and The Motorcycler’s Wild Critter Cookbook, with Road Kill Stories.  

 

Melissa was raised in Burlington, Iowa. In 1985 she received an Iowa State University (ISU) Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, emphasis in magazine writing and advertising, minors in Sociology, Marketing and Religious Studies. She worked in Burlington for three years as Convention & Tourism Director, winning awards for her excellent community marketing ideas and efforts. Melissa pursued her skills in assisting and educating farmers through the Southeast Iowa Model Farms Demonstration Project; in 1992 she received the ISU Extension’s Excellence in Achievement Award. She continued her advanced education and received in 1992 a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

 

In addition to her higher education, Melissa has received several certifications. She is an Iowa, Illinois and Missouri licensed long term care, life insurance and annuity insurance specialist and teaches CE Classes to Iowa Insurance Producers.  She specializes in Care Giving, Senior Chronic Illness, Health, Nutrition & Fitness, Alzheimer & Dementia, Assisted Living, Grief & Loss, Advance Directives, Senior Spirituality and Funeral Planning. As a Certified Funeral Celebrant and Certified Preneed Consultant, she works with grieving families and funeral directors to create a meaningful service confirming the significance of a loved one’s death. She is an Advanced Toastmaster Bronze (ATM-B) and speaks concerning senior issues, family, parenting, health care, spirituality, long term financial strategies, women’s issues, whole life balance, inspiration, and humor.  Melissa’s time is spent teaching and healing families and communities through LifeCircle Enterprises®, ElderSharing® and WomenSharing.

 

Her sons, Nathan (29), Matthew (27), and Jacob (25) and her family, help inspire her to achieve her life goals. Melissa enjoys reading, writing poetry, screenplays and short stories, horseback riding, canoeing, fly fishing, bird watching, playing pool and cards, hiking, cooking, dancing, and star gazing. Melissa also enjoys walking Coco, collecting Longaberger products & Precious Moments items. 

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Rick Sexton

Funeral Assistant
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Pastor Darrell Grimm

Funeral Assistant