Vadas Lucille Thomas was born in Burns, Oregon December 26th 1932 to Richard and Chespa Wheling. Vadas Thomas was also known to her many friends as “Sam” a nickname given to her in her early childhood by her brother John Wheling. Vadas (Sam) and her family moved to Newport, Oregon in 1942 and she attended school in Newport, Oregon and graduated high school too; later attending Oregon State University for two years before moving back to Newport.
While living in Newport “Sam” met her future husband William L. Thomas, A.K.A ”Shag Thomas” a second generation Newporter who became her husband of 62 years of her 84 years of life.
Vadas and Bill went on to have a family and is survived by her husband; their two sons: Anthony Thomas and Richard Thomas; her two grandchildren; and one great grandchild. Vadas is also survived by two of her three siblings Carol Dierloff and Sally Read.
Sam was known by her friends as a kind, jokester that liked to laugh and had many a colorful career during her lifetime. I asked my mother once what her favorite career was and she always said she enjoyed being a telephone operator in the late 1950s since she had a chance to talk with lots of people. That was what she enjoyed the most; she loved to talk and engage in conversation. Sam also enjoyed her last career probably the best, owning a business as a dog groomer, she loved dogs and had three poodles she was very fond of.
When Bill retired they decided to travel the states and fulltime RV’d for six years before settling in the valley and later moving to Seaside to be closer to loved ones.
Our mother will be dearly missed and always with us in our hearts and there when we need her through laughter and sorrow, she was truly a good person and loved by all and she leaves us a blueprint on how to enjoy life.