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Katy Thomas

Katy Thomas passed away Jan. 22, 2008. She was born Katherine Sally McGuire in Warren, Ohio. A resident of Henderson, Nev., for the past two years, Katy has resided in California, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Nova Scotia.

She lived at South Lake Tahoe for 25 years and considered it to be her home. After graduating from the University of Santa Clara in 1974 with a degree in business, Katy entered the casino industry where she became a blackjack and craps dealer.

Gaming held a lifelong fascination for her; she met her husband while working in the business. Katy was a natural athlete and participated in numerous sports. She enjoyed hiking, nature walks, and was particularly fond of animals, especially birds.

Wherever she resided, the bird population was sure to explode. Hummingbirds were her special friends; they would hover around her, speaking to her while she filled their feeders. Cats were her indoor companions but she had pet names for most of the animals that lived in her vicinity. Some of the more memorable ones included a ring necked pheasant (Fred) who wasn’t supposed to be living at 6,200 feet of elevation, bears, cougar, snakes, turtles, anole lizards, bobcats and a covey of quail that fed in her backyard.

Katy enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles, playing card games, watching movies, listening to music, and tending to her flower gardens and indoor plants. She was meticulously organized, a characteristic that served her well as she battled extreme chemical sensitivity for the last 17 years of her life.

Her strength of will and determination to minimize the debilitating effects of her medical condition were inspirational to everyone who new her. Katy was best known for her infectious smile, her gentle nature and her love of family. She is survived by her husband, Mel Thomas; daughter, Tara Thomas; mother, Lucy McGuire; five sisters; four brothers; numerous in-laws; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

An open house will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at her brother’s house in Roseville, Calif., so that we may celebrate the life that Katy led and the warmth that she brought to out lives. Her ashes will be spread at South Lake Tahoe later in the year. Katy was loved by many many people and is held dearly in our hearts.

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