Memorial services for Anita Montana Thomas of Grass Valley will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at Grass Valley Methodist Church, with the Rev. Barbara Smith officiating. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Seattle.
Mrs. Thomas died Thursday, Sept. 5, at home. She was 79.
She was born June 6, 1923, to Henry and Elizabeth (Gallagher) Carkin. She graduated from St. Paul High School in Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota. She married and moved to Fort Ord and later to San Mateo, working many jobs in the medical bookkeeping field. She moved to Nevada County in 1965.
Mrs. Thomas worked as the office manager at Auburn Faith Hospital, and served on the Nevada County grand jury. Her work on a committee in the late 1960s led to creation of the county’s Mental Health Department. She joined the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in 1967, and as president in 1972 started the candy striper program and opened the first gift shop at the hospital. She was a charter member of Friends of Hospice and the Golden Empire Auxiliary.
She became involved with the SNMH Foundation in the 1980s, and received the foundation’s Curtis Grimes Award in 2001. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Grass Valley. She was a seamstress, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, ice cream, movies and traveling.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Art and Mary Thomas of Vacaville; granddaughters Kristin Thomas and Stephanie Phipps; and two great-granddaughters.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Foothills.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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