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Obituaries for May 2, 2014


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Margo Thomas

Oct. 7, 1948 — March 21, 2014

Tuolumne County sixth generation native, Margo Thomas, died March 21, 2014 at her home in East Sonora. She was 65.

Mrs. Thomas was born on Oct. 7, 1948, with her twin sister, Mary, in the old Columbia Way Hospital in Sonora, daughters of William and Ellen Burke. She was the great-great-grand daughter of Doctor Tibbetts, of Columbia, Calif.

She was married to David Thomas in May of 1969 at the Old Presbyterian Church in Columbia, Calif. The same church has been used for three generations of her family. They moved to Denver, Colo., in 1972 where her husband earned a Surveyor’s License and she worked at an antique store and in 1979 started Mag’s Bags, making bags for Surveyor’s equipment, returning to Tuolumne County in 1982.

She continued Mag’s Bags as she bought a screen printing business, and ran both businesses simultaneously, until 1990 when she sold the screen printing business and devoted attention to making fabric touring bags for motorcycle riders. She continued the Mag’s Bags business until she was involved in a motorcycle/car accident, in which she was severely injured and disabled. While in the hospital for her injuries, it was discovered that she had Stage 4 breast cancer. After four years of pain due to a broken hip (and several reparative surgeries), and many chemotherapy treatments, cancer finally conquered.

She enjoyed meeting new friends, artwork using water color, acrylics, sewing and collage. Many parties were enjoyed at the family bocce court and deck parties.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother.

She is survived by her husband, David, of Sonora; twin sister Mary and her husband Robert Wetzel, of Murphys; their children and spouses, Justin and Lele Thomas, of Woodacre, and Brett Thomas, of Sonora; grandchildren Wyatt and Eva, of Woodacre.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Frances ‘Fran’ Trout

March 16, 1935 — April 29, 2014

Frances “Fran” Trout, a lifelong resident of Sonora, passed on April 29, 2014, at Sonora Regional Medical Center Unit 6 after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Fran was born March 16, 1935, to Frank and Adelyn Miller. She graduated from Sonora High School. She then went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in social science from CSU Stanislaus and a master’s degree in education from the University of San Francisco. 

During her college years she worked at The Union Democrat and then went on the teach at Sonora High School for many years, finally retiring in 1996. She was a Vocational Education Administrator for Modesto Schools, Pleasanton and Livermore Schools, an Independent Education Consultant for Sonoma State University and the State Department of Education and a community advocate and fighter for education equality. She was also involved in AAUW as the past president, Omega Nu, DKG and was an avid Bridge and Pedro player.

Fran is survived by her husband of 37 years, Ken Trout; her eight children and their spouses, Jerry and June Fitch of Oklahoma, Kerry and Matt Kuhlman of Sacramento, Gary and Mary Fitch, of Missouri, Colleen Trout and Jay Goodwin, of Colorado, Karin and Dan Baldwin, of Turlock, Keith and Teri Trout, of Nevada, Kelly and Anthony Mena, of Sonora and Ken and Cindy Trout, of Utah; 26 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and her sister, Esther O’Brien.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, May 5, at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. 

The family requests donations in Fran’s memory be made to the American Cancer Society.

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 Death Notices in The Union Democrat are published free of charge. They include the name, age and town of residence of the deceased, the date of death; service information; and memorial contribution information. The deadline is noon the day before publication.


PARDINA — LeVerna “Bunnie” Pardina, 99, of Jamestown, died Wednesday at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

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