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Catherine Irene "Mama Kentuck" Meehan Thomas
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Birth: Mar. 27, 1911
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Dec. 6, 1986
North Bend
Coos County
Oregon, USA

h-Jack Thomas, children: Joe Thomas and 2 adopted daughters - Mary and Theresa.

Catherine Irene "Irene" Meehan Thomas, b. 27 March 1911, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; d. 6 December 1986, At Home, North Bend, Coos County, Oregon; burial 9 December 1986, Kentuck Thomas Cemetery, Kentuck Inlet, Coos County, Oregon.

Irene was the daughter of Joseph Stanislaus Meehan and Delia Agnes Timony Meehan. She grew up in Chicago and came to North Bend as a young woman to care for an uncle, Mike Meehan, who lived on the same property that Jack and Irene lived on for their entire married life.

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Catherine I. Thomas
Mass will be said for Catherine Irene Thomas "Mama Kentuck", 75, North Bend, at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with Father Scott Vandehey officiating. Interment will be at Kentuck Thomas Cemetery in North Bend. North Bend Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Thomas was born 27 March 1911, in Chicago, Illinois, and died 6 December in North Bend. She moved to the Bay area 53 years ago and was a member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Eagles Lodge 538 Auxiliary and Blue Pacific Breakers "CB" Club, where she was known around the Bay Area as "Mama Kentuck."

Survivors include her husband, Jack Thomas of North Bend; son, Joseph Thomas of North Bend; adopted daughter, Mary Hudson; sister, Margaret Rankin of Phoenix, Arizona; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an adopted daughter Theresa Thomas in 1973.

NOTE: My mother-in-law was the only white woman to be buried in the family cemetery. G. W. "Kentuck" Thomas, her husband's grandfather, is the only white man. The obituary does not mention the grandchildren of the 2 adopted daughters - Mary had 9 and Theresa had 5. Also Theresa's married name was Leaton.

NOTE: Jack and Irene Thomas adopted 2 daughters of the Siletz Tribe in the 1940's. Theresa had 5 children and she was killed in an auto crash near Bandon, Oregon. Mary had 9 children and is also now deceased. At Mary's funeral, we learned that she was the last full blood Siletz Tribal member.

The above biographical information was provided by Joanne Thomas wife of Joe Thomas and daughter-in-law of "Irene" Thomas on 11/12/10. 
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  Jack Thomas (1907 - 1991)*
*Calculated relationship
Kentuck Thomas Cemetery
Coos Bay
Coos County
Oregon, USA
Maintained by: Joanne Thomas
Originally Created by: Pam R.
Record added: Nov 12, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61497489

I was just a little kid (9yrs old) when Mama Kentucky and I had talked on my dads cobra base station. She is missed and thought of still to this day! I was shocked to be able to talk skip from Bandon to North bend to reach her! She made a huge impact on m...(Read more)
- Kristy Bishop
 Added: Mar. 18, 2015

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