Helen Louise Thomas, 68, Avon saleswoman

January 09, 2004

Helen Louise Thomas, who sold cosmetics in her Lauraville neighborhood, died of complications from diabetes Jan. 2 at her Northeast Baltimore home. She was 68.

Born Helen Louise Murray in Baltimore and raised on Poplar Grove Street, she attended St. Cecilia Parochial School in Walbrook and was a 1953 graduate of Catholic High School.

She sold Avon products for 31 years throughout Lauraville.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, where a funeral Mass was offered Tuesday.

Her husband of 20 years, Richard D. Thomas Jr., a carpenter, died in 1974.

Survivors include four sons, Richard David Thomas III of Baltimore, John Anthony Thomas of Kingsville, Charles L. Thomas of Rosedale and Joseph Guy Thomas of Baltimore; three daughters, Michele T. Pitt, H. Louise Thomas and Teresa Ann Thomas, all of Baltimore; a brother, John Murray of Catonsville; four sisters, Dorothy Bell of Elkins, W.Va., Ann Callan of Silver Spring, Kathleen Reuwer of Upper Marlboro and Mary Garvey of Catonsville; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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