Louise Thomas died Nov. 20, 2011 at the in-patient unit of Hospice Compassus in Payson. She was born in Oil City, Pa., and moved with her parents, John Harding and Marian (Hugus) Harding, to Knox, Ind.
She attended Indiana University, and Earlham College, where she received a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing. She was married to Phillip Bryce Thomas in 1950 and became a widow in 1953.
Mrs. Thomas moved to Florida where she worked as a nurse and a junior high school science teacher. She moved to Reno, Nev. in 1976 where she worked as a nurse at Washoe Medical Center until her retirement in 1994.
She loved to travel, and often took her grandson, Erik, on adventures to Lake Tahoe, San Francisco and New York. She also traveled extensively overseas.
Mrs. Thomas loved to volunteer each summer at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.
She moved to Payson in 2010 to be closer to her daughter Dani and son-in-law Jim. She could be seen around Payson on her blue scooter as she went to exercise class at the Senior Circle or volunteered at the Rim Country Literacy Center.
She is survived by her daughter, Dani (Jim) Woods of Strawberry; and grandson, Erik (Stephanie) Woods of Scottsdale. She is also survived by two stepgrandsons, Gene and Mike.
Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, Philip Bryce Thomas; and her partner, Kaye Mann.
As she wished, there will be no memorial service. The family will have a gathering at a later time at her favorite beach.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Rim Country Literacy Program, 1001 S. Beeline Hwy., Suite F, Payson, AZ 85541.