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Mary A. Gardner


Private Services are planned for 84-year-old Mary A. Gardner of Minden who died Sept. 9, 2004, at the Carson-Tahoe Hospital.

Mrs. Gardner was born Feb. 10, 1920, in Pueblo, Colo., to James and Ruth Doiel. She was a 40-year resident of Minden, moving here in 1964 with her husband, Thomas Gardner. She enjoyed reading and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2002.

She is survived by her son, James Alexander of Gardnerville, daughter Constance Alexander of Minden, one sister, Virginia McElrath of Weiser, Idaho and a brother, James Doiel from Downey, Calif. as well as two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements are in the care of Capitol City Cremation in Carson City. Any donations may be made in the memory of Mrs. Gardner to the Douglas County Public Library Gifts Fund, 1625 Library Lane, Minden, NV 89423.

Maj. Arthur H. Thomas, Ret.


Graveside services will take place at 2 p.m. Friday in Lone Mountain Cemetery for Maj. Arthur H. Thomas, Ret., 83, who died Sept. 9 in Longview, Wash.

Born in Fallon, Sept. 25, 1920, Mr. Thomas was the son of Horace Samuel Thomas and Mildred Genevieve Ricky Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was raised in the Carson Valley and graduated from Douglas High School. He belonged to the Nevada National Guard.

He served in Europe and the Philippines in the U.S. Army during WWII, being part of the Berlin Airlift in the Air Force, and then again served during the Korean conflict. Mr. Thomas retired as a Major in the U.S. Air Force in 1980. In civilian life he was an electronics technician. He was a graduate of the USAF Command and Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

After retiring he served the State of Nevada as a drivers license examiner. He was active in the Society of American Military Engineers, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Nevada Historical Society and the First Presbyterian Church in Carson City. His hobby and his vocation was radio communication.

He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Beulah Janet Leonard Thomas in 1997.

He is survived by two daughters, Janet McNicholas of Cathlamet, Wash. and Arlene Ferreirae of Rancho Cordova, Calif., one sister, Verona Ging of Lovelock, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A visitation will take place from 11a.m. until noon at FitzHenry’s Chapel of Faith, prior to the graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, Ga. in Mr. Thomas’ memory.