Gladys Thomas, 96, of Westwood, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006, at home, from a lingering illness.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 17, 2007, at the Lawless home in Arrow Rock. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2007, at Arrow Rock Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Friends of Arrow Rock. Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall is in charge of the arrangements
She was born on April 2, 1910, in Arrow Rock, to the late Jessie D. Lawless Moehle and Edward H. Moehle. She had an extremely active life and successful career in Civil Service. She graduated from Greenville High School in Greenville, Miss., in 1929; she was editor of the school paper. After graduation she was employed at the County Court House. She moved to Jackson, Miss., working in the state governor's office for two years. She worked for several state senators and then moved to Washington, D.C., where she became a Civil Service employee in 1940. In 1941, she helped organize the opening of Greenville Air Force Base in 1942. She was the first female Civil Service employee on the base, serving as administrative assistant to the base commander. She returned to Camp Shelby in 1946 and then to Eglin Air Proving Ground Command in 1947. In 1949, Gladys relocated to Wiesbaden, Munich and Nurnberg, Germany, working for the Department of the Army. She married Jay N. Thomas, in 1951, in Germany. Before relocating to Westwood in 2003, Gladys resided at Shalimar Pointe. She was a member of Fort Walton Women's Club, Eglin Retired Officers' Wives Club, Republican Women's Club of Okaloosa County and Friends of Arrow Rock Historical Society. She was a contributor to the Sheriff's Youth Ranch, the Children's Advocacy Center and the Cancer Society. She restored her grandfather's home in Arrow Rock.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Lolita.