Laura Regina (Jean) Shanahan Thoma passed away on August 15, 2013, in Galveston, Texas; she was 90 years old. She was born in Bangor, PA on March 30, 1923 and received her early education at Easton High School. Upon graduation, she received her RN from St. Mary’s Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, in 1944. She married Dr. George W. Thoma, MD. A lieutenant in the US Navy and a typical navy wife, the couple moved around the country during the war years and eventually settled in the Galveston/Houston area in 1957.
Jean was an active supporter of many charities including the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. She was a docent for 13 years at the Galveston Historical Foundation and was instrumental in forming the “coffee shop” at St. Mary’s Hospital, which is now Rebecca Sealy Hospital. Jean was also a dedicated cafeteria worker at KHS from 1957-1962.
Jean and her husband of 65 years were world travelers, visiting every continent many times, but she considered Ireland her second home. She and her husband also had the dubious distinction of visiting Tiananmen Square, China on the eve of the student revolution in 1980.
One of the highlights of her life was being able to attend her 70th high school reunion in Easton, PA.
Jean is survived by her sister, Eileen Shanahan MacDonald of New Jersey; her son, John Thoma and his wife, Jennell; her daughter, Ann Marie Cook; her four grandchildren: Eve Thoma, Dawn Thoma, Travis Cook, and Hollis Sapio; and two great grandchildren: Austin Almanza and Mitchell Almanza.
Her family will receive visitors beginning at 7:00 pm, Friday, March 28th, 2014 at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will be held in her memory beginning at 7:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity.
She was a beloved daughter of Ireland. May she rest in peace.