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JOANNE THOMAS What will be remembered most about Joanne Thomas by her friends and family are her big heart and how much she helped so many people in her life. Joanne passed away Dec. 15, 2012. She was born June 16, 1935. A lifelong resident of Las Vegas, Joanne graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1955. She graduated from Clark County Community College, where she was a member of the Honor Society. Joanne worked for the Atomic Energy Commission and then the Department of Energy from 1962 to 1995. She became a training supervisor. She received several awards at work, including the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary of Merit for Outstanding Community Service. Joanne also won a "Thousand Points of Light" Award from President George H.W. Bush for her volunteer service at Sunrise Hospital. She met Barbara Bush at the White House. A highlight for Joanne was seeing President Bush's dog. Joanne is survived by sons, Gregory Thomas (Beth) of Norwalk, Ohio, and David Thomas (Denise) of Las Vegas; and daughter, Deronda Milisits (Dave) of Henderson; grandchildren, Bryan Clark, Stephanie, Brittany, Ashley and Lexi "Nelly" Milisits, Binica, Jon and Lisa Thomas and Steven Herman; brother, Royce Feour; and numerous great-grandchildren. Gregory Thomas said, "To me my mother always helped no matter what was said or done and always came through like a flower and held this family together." Deronda Thomas said, "One of the most admirable things about her was her giving heart. My mother was a very giving woman. She raised three children on her own before it was cool. She went to college. I think it took her 13 years to get her degree, but she got it." David Thomas said, "With my friends, she would open her home and let them stay until they could get to that next stop in their life." Royce Feour said, "Joanne was a wonderful person who had a big heart and did many things for so many people. She loved dogs and adopted dogs who were injured or sick. She will be missed very much by her family and friends." Steven Herman said, "Grandma was my guardian angle since Day One. She took me in and loved me unconditionally. I was so blessed to have her in my life. If it wasn't for her I don't know where I would be or who would be there. She supported me to the fullest extent with extra love and care. She was so amazing and I will deeply miss her." Dave Milisits said, "I feel very fortunate to be part of her life and that all my children were lucky to have a great grandma that did things with them, took them places and was a good person to them. To them, she was very important." Services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Masonic Temple, 632 E. Charleston Blvd.


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