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Helen Thomas

Services for Helen Frances Thomas of Placerville will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Placerville. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Placerville.

Mrs. Thomas died Friday, May 3, at a Sacramento hospital. She was 89.

She was born April 11, 1913, in Groton, Mass., to Julia and Abram Miller. Mrs. Thomas was a registered nurse and worked as superintendent of nursing at Groton Memorial Hospital. She served as a first lieutenant and supervising surgical nurse in combat in the Asian Pacific during World War II. She received two Bronze Stars and the Philippine Liberation Medal. Mrs. Thomas married Albert Dale Thomas in 1943, in Brisbane, Australia. She had been a resident of Placerville for 52 years. After moving to Placerville, she worked for a time as a registered nurse for El Dorado County Health Department and later the Visiting Nurse’s Association. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, American Legion Post 119, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2680, and the Disabled American Veterans all in Placerville.

Mrs. Thomas is survived by her daughter, Susan Campis of Nevada City; sister, Elizabeth Corkery of Groton, Mass.; and grandchildren Elisha and Jenna Campis, both of Nevada City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Dale Thomas, in 1972; sisters Kathryn and Margaret; and brothers Edward and Donald.

Memorial contributions may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2680, P.O. Box 100, Placerville 95667 or the Alzheimers Center UCD Medical Center, 2000 Stockton Blvd. No. 100A, Sacramento 95817.

Arrangements are under the direction of Memory Chapel in Placerville.

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