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Peacefully passed away in her sleep on December 9, 2013. A love of life, adventure, her nation, and her fellow man took her to the four corners of the world. Whether it was supporting war refugees along the Thai border, or working with victims of the September 11th attacks in New York City, her love and care for her fellow man was limitless.
Born in Lakenheath, England, March 17, 1968, her family moved to Idaho after her fathers' retirement from the Air Force in 1972. She graduated from Caldwell High School in 1986, and from the University of Idaho in 1990. She continued her education at the University of Texas, Arlington, and Kansas State University, earning a Masters in Education.
She will be remembered as someone who knew no strangers, making friends around the world during each of her adventures. She had a passion for animals and the outdoors, and counted shooting, hiking, cross country skiing, and kayaking amongst her many hobbies. With a quick wit, a clever mind, and a touch of mischief, she made the world a better place, and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel Connor, her parents, George and Margaret Thomas, her brothers, George Jr. and William, and countless friends.
Services were held on December 19, at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC.

Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 8, 2014
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