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AGE: 90 • Wilmington
At the age of 90, Lydia Ellen Taylor Thomen passed away peacefully on Friday, May 16, 2014. She was at home with loved ones near. Lydia was born in Sherman, Texas, graduated in 1941 from high school as valedictorian in Luling, Texas, and went on to earn her BBA (1944) and MBA (1949) from the University of Texas, Austin. While in Austin, Lydia was secretary to both the Dean of Students and the President of the University.
Lydia established a home wherever her husband, Jim Thomen, was transferred during his 32 year career with DuPont. In each location she continued her own education. She studied art history at the University of Kansas (Lawrence), volunteered at the Albright Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY), established the art history slide collection at the Francis Marion University (Florence, SC), and guided at Winterthur Museum and Gardens for over 25 years. She became a teaching guide specializing in textiles. Lydia was also an accomplished weaver, studying weaving at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and a member of the Richmond, VA Weaver's Guild.
Lydia was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for fifty-five years.
She is predeceased by her parents, Ira W. and Lydia Ellen Loving Taylor. Lydia leaves behind Jim, her devoted husband of sixty-six years. She is also survived by her sister, Ila Taylor Knight of San Antonio, TX; her daughter, Ellen Thomen Clore of Richmond, VA; grandchildren, Lennie Clore Chaisson (Nathan) of Arlington, VA, Sarah Clore of Brooklyn, NY and Johnny Clore of Lawrenceville, NJ. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday May 24, 2014 at Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church, 850 Mt. Lebanon Rd., Wilmington. Interment will be held privately in Whitesboro, Texas.
The family thanks the nurses and aides from the Christiana Care Visiting Nurses Association and Delaware Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to P.E.O. (Chapter H) c/o Box 701, Mendenhall, PA 19357 or Winterthur Museum and Gardens, c/o Development, Winterthur Museum, Gardens & Library, Winterthur, DE 19735.
Chandler Funeral Homes and Crematorium
2506 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
Published in The News Journal from May 21 to May 23, 2014