Arlene Mable Thomas
Longtime South Lake Tahoe resident, Arlene Mable Thomas, 85, passed away peacefully Dec. 10, 2007, at the Manor House Hospice Center in Palm Desert, Calif.
Arlene was born June 19, 1922, in Castle Rock, Wash., to William and Clara Tucker. She had one brother, Frank Tucker, who predeceased her. Her early years were spent in Castle Rock and San Francisco, Calif.
She graduated from Castle Rock High School in 1940. After school she worked in Seattle, Wash., before moving to San Francisco, where she worked as a legal secretary. Arlene met her future husband, Julias J. “Tommy” Thomas when they both attended float plane school. They were married April 29, 1950, in Carmel, Calif.
The Thomases moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1952 and bought the Tomahawk Motel on Ski Run Boulevard. They later sold the motel and opened the Thomas Construction Company. They also owned the A & W Root Beer drive-in for many years. Arlene and Tommy were both avid travelers. They traveled the world, going to many countries more than once.
They went to Turkey six times and England and France several times each as well as many other countries.
Arlene loved to read and garden. She had been active in the South Lake Tahoe Garden Club since 1961. The Thomases had spent the winters in Indio, Calif., for the past 20 years.
Arlene is survived by her sister-in-law, Lela Tucker; nephew, Frank Tucker; great-nephew, Chip Raymond Tucker; great-nieces, Gale Lynn and Dale Arlene Oley; and several cousins. She was predeceased by her husband in 1999.
A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 at St. Theresa Catholic Church. A reception will take place in the social hall following the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Arlene’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.
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