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Death: Marjorie J. Thomas

Marjorie Lou Jarvis Thomas died October 13, 1997 in Salt Lake City.

Born November 8, 1925 in Hominy, Oklahoma to Marjorie and Wilbur Jarvis. In 1941, her family moved from Oklahoma to Salt Lake City. She graduated from East High School in 1943, and the University of Utah in 1947, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi and was Homecoming Queen and Sweetheart of Sigma Chi. She married J. Robert Thomas, 1947 in Salt Lake City.She is survived her husband, Robert; daughter, Leslie of Paradise Valley, Arizona; sons, John of Salt Lake City; Winston of San Mateo, California; five grandchildren; brother, Wilbur of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was preceded in death by her sister, Patty.

Marjorie led a life dedicated to family and community. She served in a variety of roles in her community, including president of the Neighborhood House, where she was instrumental in establishing the first adult care program, YWCA where she was instrumental in establishing the first child care program, U of U Fine Arts Museum, Town Club and East High PTA. She was the first State Chair of Utah Common Cause. She served on the Blue Ribbon Task Force, which restructured Salt Lake City Government. She was awarded the U of U Alumni Association Emeritus Award of Merit. Marjorie was an active, lifetime member of the Democratic Party and managed successful Congressional campaigns for Wayne Owens.

Funeral services will be held Fri., 11 a.m. at the Neil O'Donnell and Sons Mortuary, 372 East 100 So., where friends may call Thurs. from 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Neighborhood House, 1050 West 500 So., Salt Lake City, UT 84104.

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