THOMAS, J. Louise (nee MCCarter) - Born in Niagara Falls, October 2, 1919, died peacefully January 21, 2013 in Nova Scotia surrounded by her loving family. Predeceased by her beloved husband Hugh Thomas and eldest son Philip Thomas. Survived by an adoring family, daughter Karen Thomas (husband Terry Kitson), sons Norman Thomas and Mark Thomas. Granddaughter Betts Tomlinson (husband Kirk Tomlinson) and twin great- granddaughters Abby and Brooke Tomlinson, all of Nova Scotia. Grandson Philip Tinsley (wife Shannon) and great-grandchildren James, Stuart and Vivian Tinsley all of Dallas, Texas. Grandson Lorne Thomas and granddaughter Carly Thomas of Acton, Ontario (Mark and Kathy's children). Most of Louise's life was spent in Mississauga. She was a lifetime member of The United Church of Canada. Beyond being a wonderful homemaker, she was an avid golfer and bridge player, a curler in earlier years and a member of The Mississaugua Golf and Country Club since 1956. Her early study of opera and classical music in Hollywood, New York and Toronto in the late 1930s resulted in a beautiful "spinning soprano" voice which stayed with her for the rest of her life. During WWII she even sang for the troops at the Horse Palace in Toronto before they went overseas. She always sang in her church choir and early in December she was still able to sing some Christmas carols. Most importantly was the unconditional love she graciously gave to us all. She will be in the hearts of her family and friends forever. Never To Be Forgotten. Due to the time of year and her request to be cremated, we have decided to wait until June to have a family only service at The Fairview Cemetery in Niagara Falls for interment beside Hugh and Phil, when all the Spring flowers are in bloom. The CNIB would be a wonderful place for donations since Louise suffered from debilitating Age Related Macular Degeneration.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Jan. 26, 2013