Hannah O'Hara Thomas
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Thomas, Hannah O'Hara

Hannah O'Hara Thomas passed unexpectedly on March 27, 2015. Hannah was among the leaders of the Eden Alternative, a movement to improve the well being of elders world-wide. Her death cut short an extraordinary 18 year career as a teacher whose most important lessons reminded us that love and compassion are the greatest of all human achievements. In addition to her international work, Hannah cultivated a strong local following and counted Jan Jerabek, Sarah Stewart, Kathy Bohndorf, Cathy Brush, Sue Caraher, Sonja Needs, Louise Seyge, Jessica Gavurnik, Francie Goff, Karen Legnini, Lydia Dolch, Christina Noon, Katherine Lockwood, Carol Booth, and Andy Russell among her most accomplished students. She will, of course, be missed most of all by her family. Hannah is survived by her parents Dr. William H. Thomas, and Jude Meyers Thomas and her siblings Haleigh, Caleb, Zachary, Virgil and Kaela. Her grandparents are Jane and Joe Meyers and Sandy and Bill Thomas. The families of Patti and Jim Meyers, Janet and Frank Mirabito, Joanne and Rick Borchardt, Julie and Ryan Simmons, LeeAnn and Paul Tinney formed the heart of Hannah's extended family. This wise and gentle woman will also be missed by the hundreds of thousands of Eden friends and family all around the world. To make a donation (in lieu of flowers) or to learn more about Hannah Thomas visit edenalt.org. Friends and former students are invited to join in a celebration of Hannah's life and legacy on Thursday April 2 at 714 N Aurora St. Ithaca, NY from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.

Published by Ithaca Journal on Mar. 31, 2015.
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Hannah helped to teach me the true meaning of love.
Susan Lustick
March 25, 2021
It isn't often that you meet someone for only a few minutes who changes your outlook on life... Hannah was such a person in my life. You are remembered fondly.
susan lustick
March 25, 2019
Thank you sweetheart for teaching us all. You will be remembered. ❤
Michelle Daniel
April 3, 2015
I am writing on behalf of the elders and care partners of Kingston Nursing Center. All of us send our deepest sympathy for your loss. We hold you in highest regard, thankful for the wisdom you have shared over the years.
From me personally, I pray you find peace and strength during this difficult time.
Much love and sympathy from Conway, South Carolina
Laura Fowler
April 2, 2015
Our mutual love and respect has been in place for years. May you experience capacity, stamina and serenity during these days. Hannah's life made a difference.
Keith Taylor
April 1, 2015
To the entire Thomas family, You are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Marcia Werber Feldman
April 1, 2015
Dear Thomas Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hannah and all of you find the light in the world.

Martha Frommelt and David and Zach Feldshuh
April 1, 2015
Dear Bill and Jude,

Thank you for sharing Hannah with all of us. She was a source of immeasurable joy. Her silent expressions for the love of music, the tranquility she exuded, and the sweetness I saw mutually shared between Hannah and you both left fingerprints on my heart.

We send our Love and our deepest sympathy,
Steven & Sara LeMoine
March 31, 2015
Thank you for being our Elder, Hannah. Your special light will always be lit in my heart because you have brought immense joy and inspiration not only to your own family but also to us, your Eden family.
Rowena Sebastian
March 31, 2015
Sandy & Bill,
So sorry for your loss. May
she rest in peace.
Mary Buckingham
Mary Buckingham
March 31, 2015
Dear Bill and Jude--Please accept Bob's and my condolences on Hannah's death. May her memory a blessing. It is apparent that her life was a blessing not only to you and your other children and parents, but to a much broader caring community. Your own eloquent voices were partly inspired by her. We are thinking about you at this hard time. Rosalie and Bob
Rosalie Kane
March 31, 2015
Hannah lives on through our work at The Eden Alternative. Her legacy and spirit will be with us for many years to come. she has been such a blessing to us all.
Chris Perna
March 31, 2015
Thank for all you've taught me , I am forever blessed...
Karen Carroll
March 31, 2015
Hannah is love and love is always with us. Hannah will always be with us all; our foundation, our teacher, our angel.
Kathy Hagen
March 31, 2015
Please accept my deepest sympathy for Hannah's passing! May you be comforted with the peace of God Almighty!
Amy Worline
March 31, 2015
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Suzette Molina
March 31, 2015
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
March 31, 2015
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Lynn Cox
March 31, 2015
For all of her 18 years, Hannah has helped the worldwide Eden Alternative community to grow. Hannah has mentored people all over the world in the truth that each of us has a special gift to offer the world, no matter who we are or what life sends our way.
Laura Beck
March 31, 2015
So, so sorry...my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love to all.
Susan Howell
March 31, 2015
Hannah's life enriched my life. I will forever be grateful.
Susan Lustick
March 31, 2015
A gentle life, ended too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.
Kathryn Arnold
March 30, 2015
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