Laura Thomas

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THOMAS, Laura Alice (Nee Boreham) Born on August 31, 1901, deceased on August 6, 2008, at her residence, Portland, a remarkable centenarian who excelled in business, sports and the arts. Laura was an active sportswoman for most of her life. She enjoyed a competitive spirit as a golfer, skier, curler and rider. As a young widow with a small child she began her own beauty and retail business in Ottawa. This included her line of Laura Thomas Cosmetics. She was also instrumental in introducing the Revlon and Breck names to the Canadian market. Through all these activities, she became a role model for young women of her generation. Laura was an early member of the Zonta Club of Ottawa. In her later years, painting became her focus along with winning at all competitive board games. Her fascination with literature ensured that there were always three books on her reading table at one time. Laura was the daughter of John and Laura Boreham. She is predeceased by her parents, her husband Christopher Trahearn Thomas, her sister Gladys, her son Joseph and granddaughter, Laura. She is survived by her daughter, Shirley, Canadas first female Olympic rider, of Box Arrow Farm in Portland, Ontario, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A Private Interment Service has taken place as was her wish. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Smiths Falls Humane Society or the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family (Funeral arrangements entrusted to the SCOTLAND FUNERAL HOME, 27 Main Street, Elgin, K0G 1E0: 1-613-359-5555 or at)
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Aug. 8, 2008
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