Obituary: Patricia Thomas
August 4, 2017
Patricia Beliveau Thomas
Dec. 4, 1940 – July 29, 2017
Patricia Thomas slipped peacefully into the arms of her savior on July 29, 2017, in Del Mar, California.
Pat had a rare cancer which she courageously faced head on. She was treated at Moores Cancer Center, UCSD for several months and then due to complications, Pat and her family called in Elizabeth Hospice and she died at home surrounded by her family.
Patricia Claire Beliveau was born in 1940 in Lewiston, Maine, to Dr. Bertrand and Rita Beliveau. She had a lively childhood in Lewiston and on Sabbath Day Lake in Maine with her brother John and sister Gilda. Pat was active in theater, loved to water ski and was an enthusiastic cheerleader for her high school. Pat graduated from Lewiston HS and attended the College of New Rochelle in New York, graduating in 1962. Pat received a Masters Degree in Speech from Columbia University in 1964. Her first job was teaching the deaf at PS 158 in NYC.
Patricia married First Lieutenant John Robert Thomas USMC in February 1964. They had three children: Julia Ann, Carter and Brian. They raised their family in the Wayzata and Lake Minnetonka areas of Minnesota. Pat loved theater and was a regular at the Guthrie in Minneapolis. She developed a new passion for art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art where she was an accomplished Docent for many years.
Pat and Jack retired in Breckenridge, Colorado, where they developed new friendships and were avid skiers and hikers. They became very involved with the Breckenridge Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra, enjoying the music, sponsoring concerts and hosting musicians. Over the years in Minneapolis, Breckenridge and Del Mar, Pat enjoyed cooking and became a beloved hostess. Wherever they lived, Pat and Jack became known for their philanthropy. Pat loved the adventure of travel and she and Jack made excursions to countries around the world. One of her favorite pastimes was organizing "cousins camp" where each summer she would gather her children and grandchildren in different locations around the West.
During her time in Del Mar, Pat was very involved with the San Diego Museum of Art and the Rancho San Dieguito Assistance League where she was an active volunteer and a "Nifty Knitter," making dozens of baby sweaters and hats for new moms at the Miramar Marine Corp Air Station.
Pat was organized and reliable; a wonderful traveling companion, gracious hostess and dedicated volunteer. She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother and a nurturing friend.
Patricia is survived by her husband Jack Thomas, children Julie Thomas Doody, Carter and Brian Thomas, daughters in law Micki Thomas and Trista Borrego Thomas, son-in-law Peter Doody, sister Gilda Beliveau Dick and brother John Beliveau and five grandchildren.
Del Mar, California — Monday, August 14th, at 10 a.m.
A funeral Mass will be held at the Catholic Church of the Nativity in Rancho Sante Fe with a reception to follow.
Church of the Nativity
6309 El Apajo
Ranch Sante Fe, CA 92067
Breckenridge, Colorado – Saturday, August 19th, at 11 a.m.
A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall.
Our Lady of Peace
89 Smith Ranch Road
Silverthorne, CO 80498
For your consideration
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In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in her memory to the San Diego Museum of Art in San Diego; The Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis; or the Summit Foundation in Breckenridge, Colorado.
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