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)

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Aug. 8, 2008.
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November 3, 2008
Great Aunt Laura was a family treasure that will be sorely missed. She was a wonder in her own time and accomplished many feats women of that era never dared to dream of - Arlene Thomas
Arlene Thomas/Segin
September 14, 2008
Our condolences, Paula du Hamel Yellow Horn of Merrickville, and Mildred Duhamel of Chicago.
Paula du Hamel
August 8, 2008
To Shirley and family - my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother.
She was such a special person.

Mary Jane Hurdman
(daughter of Ruth & Fraser Hurdman)
Mary Jane Hurdman
August 8, 2008
It is with great sadness that I mark the passing of my cousin Laura Thomas.

Laura Thomas was the most remarkable woman I have ever known and her life's journey was the stuff of which novels are written and movies made.

I know her immediate family will miss her a great deal because she was so involved in their lives right until the end of her own.

It's a shame that most Canadian historians never picked up on her personal story, it would have made a great read.

With deepest respect and sympathy for all who mourn her passing.

Paul Boreham
Paul Boreham
August 8, 2008
My Nana was truly a remarkable human being. I will always cherish the time we shared together whether it was playing backgammon, chatting about her years as a businesswoman or just talking about current events. Nana always had something to share about her life and life in general. She always showed me a great deal of warmth and compassion. Nana was a very generous and thoughtful human being and in her absence, she will be missed greatly.
Lesley Kilburn Nickel
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