Ann O. Thomas


Ann Owens Thomas, 82, died peacefully surrounded by her family at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Virginia on April 19, 2013.

Born in Altoona, Penn., on September 5, 1930, to Robert and Alice (Colvin) Owens, she spent her childhood in Tyrone, Penn.

She attended Wellesley College, from which she graduated with honors in 1952. While there, she was elected to The Phi Beta Kappa Society. She was a member of the Town and County Club of Hartford, and of the Connecticut League of Women Voters. Ann was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, John B. Thomas, M.D. of Oak Bluffs, by a daughter, Martha (Thomas) Osborne, and her husband, Robert, of McLean, Virginia, and their children, Thomas and Sarah Osborne; by her son John B. Jr. and his wife, Anne, of Sydney, Australia, and their children, Marguerite, Andrew, Eileen, and Owen Thomas; and son Matthew O. and his wife, Beverly, of Bedford, New Hampshire, and their children, Hillary (Thomas) Minerd, and Brittany Thomas. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert W. Owens.

She lived for many years in West Hartford, Conn., and spent her summers with her family in Harthaven on Martha’s Vineyard. She and her husband retired to Naples, Florida, in 1993. Ann moved to Arlington, Virginia, in the spring of 2012 to be close to her daughter, Martha. A private family memorial service will be held in Bedford, Penn., this summer.