Sandra M. Thomas

Sandra M. Thomas

November 29, 1963- July 6, 2020

Sandra M. Thomas was devoted to her children, loved paddle boarding and hiked all over the country. She was a beach comber, an accomplished singer and performed with a variety of bands in her youth. She loved to cook and garden and go to the theater. She was a voracious reader and belonged to many book clubs throughout her life.

Sandra M. Thomas descended from the Dawson family that first settled in Morgan County, W.Va. more than 200-years ago. She was proud of her family roots – settlers who arrived in 1803 and settled on land her mother still lives on. Those early settlers started a grist mill and later a canning factory and a John Deere dealership. Thomas enjoyed visiting her mother’s historical property Gobblers’ Knob, an authentically furnished period log cabin on her ancestral property.

Sandra Marie Thomas is proceeded in death by her brother Scott Richard Thomas and her father Seymour Richard Thomas.

She is survived by Jeff Folsom her life partner, her mother Sylvia Deane Dawson Thomas of Berkeley Springs, W.Va. and her teenage children Dawson Thomas Luce and Eliza Marie Luce of Darnestown, Md. She was divorced from their father Christopher Luce.

Thomas was a passionate, action-oriented, indefatigable, generous, and dedicated friend and mother who truly touched the hearts of so many people she knew. She is one of few who you can truly say “she made a difference.”

Donations may be made in her name to Investigative Reporters and Editors at https://www.ire.org/donate where they will be used to create mentoring opportunities in Sandra’s name for new and young journalists. She would like that.

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