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Haley Ann (Rider) Thomas


1962 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Haley Ann (Rider) Thomas Obituary
Haley was born November 24, 1962 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. She passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from colon cancer, surrounded by family and friends at her home in San Pedro, CA.
Haley graduated from California State University Northridge summa cum laude. She joined TRW Inc. in 1985 as a business management trainee, settling in contract management. This field was a natural fit, as it offered her daily opportunities to apply her intellect and writing skills. She later joined Logicon in San Pedro and quickly moved up to an executive leadership role, returning to TRW in 1999 where she supported complex program and proposal activities befitting her problem solving skills. She especially cherished her time spent on the Bowman proposal, working with both her husband, Rob and other senior TRW technical leaders. Her contracts department will miss her dearly.
Haley married Robert Thomas on May 8, 1988 in Avalon, Catalina Island and together they enjoyed a very happy marriage with their two children, Rider and Shea. The marriage would have continued forever; unfortunately, Rob passed away in 2007 from complications of a heart transplant. Haley authored an amazing blog "Heart for me" documenting the last two years of her husband's life. Her grace and composure under these trying circumstances are an inspiration to all who knew her.
Among her survivors are her son, Rider (age 19); and daughter, Shea (age 12) of San Pedro; mother, Dorothy Rider of Northridge; sister, Kim Koerber and her husband, John and son, Jackson of West Hills; sister, Melissa Rider of Arlington, VA; dear friends, Jim Becker and Mary Kalista of Torrance; the family's faithful dog, Marley Bones; and the newest additions to the family, cats Lollipop and Ringo. Haley was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Thomas in 2007 and father, Charles Rider in 2010.
A celebration of Haley's life will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 11 a.m. at The Plaza at Cabrillo Marina, 224 Whalers Walk, San Pedro. Her ashes will be scattered at a private ceremony on a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to your favorite charity or to the scholarship fund established for Rob and Haley's children, care of Mary Kalista, 1632 Flower Ave, Torrance, CA 90503. If contributing by check, please make them out separately to Connor (Rider) Thomas or to Shea Thomas.
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Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 9, 2011
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