Jyothi Thomas

Jyothi Thomas, 32, died 15th June 2019 at her home in Skillman, NJ located nearby to the Montgomery schools her daughter attends. The cause of death was complications from Stage 4 breast cancer. Her funeral service will be held on 24th June 2019 (Monday) at 10:00 AM. It will be held at St Paul’s Church in Princeton. There will be a viewing the preceding evening (Sunday) at Mather Hodge funeral home from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.


Jyothi was born on 29th November 1986 in Kerala, India. Her precise birthplace was Kattappana, a small village near Kumili where her parents and brother currently reside. In these beautiful and temperate mountains, Jyothi had a warm and supportive childhood. Her early life was closely tied to her family, including her brother, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.


Jyothi received her early education at St. Anne’s Higher Secondary school in Kottayam and St Thomas High School in Kumili. In high school she achieved the Mar Ivanios Memorial Award and Scholarship for higher studies. She also achieved first rank in a Sunday School exam in Thiruvalla Dioceses, in Kerala. She was a talented singer and participated in dramas and other school functions. Additionally, she was a leader in Malankara Catholic Youth Movement (MCYM). She did well in all levels of school, engaging with some friendly rivalry with her cousins of similar age.


Jyothi studied nursing at St. Joseph College of Nursing, Dharmagiri, Kothamangalam. She chose the specialty Labor & Delivery because of her love of baby children and her desire to focus on mothers. After moving to the US, Jyothi worked in nursing education and subsequently as a labor nurse for Trinitas Hospital (Elizabeth, NJ), Hunterdon Hospital (Flemington, NJ) and Penn Medicine Princeton Hospital (Princeton NJ). She considered nursing, especially L&D, as her calling. She was beloved by her fellow nursing students and professional co-workers.


Jyothi is survived by her husband, Jose Thomas, and her daughter, Elina Thomas. Over the years, Jyothi made many sacrifices for her family, including supporting Jose’s graduate studies and spending sleepless days caring for her daughter. Her family salutes her memory and spirit.

If you would like to make a donation in Jyothi’s name, Elina and Jose suggest the Nature Conservancy at https://www.nature.org/en-us/