Mauvolene Farmer Thomas was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, August 30, 1930. She was the surviving sister of four children, including her brother, prominent jazz artist Art Farmer. She graduated from Arizona State University in 1949 with a degree in education. She married her husband, Edward Thomas in 1971, and established a home in Tucson, and she continued her career as a teacher and education administrator for 36 years. She was an active and innovative member of Tucson's educational community. She served for 11 years as the organizer and president of the Tucson alumnae chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority; 18 years as the coordinator of the Ebony Magazine Fashion Fair; and as the president of the Tucson chapter of The Links, Inc. She was an active member of the Prince Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church congregation. She was also the recipient of many awards, her most recent being the University of Arizona Black Alumni Phenomenal Woman Award, and African Methodist Episcopal Church Colorado Conference 5th Episcopal District Lay Person of the Year Award. Viewing is scheduled for Thursday, August 1, 2013, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY. Her Funeral will take place on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. in the EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY CHAPEL.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on July 30, 2013