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Betty Lou Wilson Thomas
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Birth: Jun. 1, 1922
Death: Sep. 18, 2008


Betty Lou Wilson was born June 1, 1922 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She became ill with Infantile Paralysis (Polio) in Sept. 1933. She was taken to the Children's Orthopedic hospital on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. She remained there for about ten months until that fall for spinal surgery. She was placed in a body cast for 6 months before the surgery was performed. When she was able to return home during the summer of 1935 she had a short body cast that let her walk. After it was removed she was able to return to school. She had four years of home instruction. During these years 1933-1937 her parents took her for treatment at Orthopedic Hospital regularly. They filled an old sedan with a board for her to lie down on the passenger (front and back seats) Betty graduated from West Seattle High in 1940 and then attended the Universitty of Washington. Betty was engaged to be married to her first husband Master Sgt. Milton Adams. They married Dec. 31, 1944. He then returned to work at Tripler hospital in Hawaii in Feb. 1945 and remained there until the end of the war, a month before his son Milton, Jr., was born Oct 1945.
Daughter Susan was born Sep 1947. Baby Kim was stillborn June 1949. In 1950 Milt and Betty attended the American Legion convention in Los Angeles, Ca. (Milt was Post Adjutant and Betty was President of the American Legion Auxillary. In 1955 they moved their family to La Jolla , California. Betty attended UCLA graduate school of Social Welfare on a stipend from the Dept. of Public Welfare in San Diego where she had worked since the fall of 1955. In 1961 Betty married her second husband Frank K. Thomas III. In 1962, she retired from her job as a social worker in adoptions in San Diego. She then accepted the position of Homemaker Caseworker for Los Angeles county Dept. of Public Social Services as a Children's services worker for 12 and a half years. In Mar. 1979 as she was getting ready to attend a week long seminar at USC in LA she fell over the dog and broke her right leg which resulted in her immediate retirement. Even though she was unable to walk without some support she obtained her real estate license in 1981. She worked in this field for about three years before Frank retired and they sold their home and moved to Palm Springs.
For the next several years she served on the boards of the following organizations in various positions: Corresponding Secretary of the Alumnae Panhaellenic, Membership chairman of the Sierra Club, Vice President of the Palm Springs genealogical society, Registrar of the Cahuilla Chapter of the Daughter's of the American Revolution ( later transferred to Joshua Tree Chapter D.A.R.), and Vice President of Colonial Dames 17th Century, Cape Ann Chapter.
In 1996, she was awarded the Martha Washington Medal for outstanding service to the Son's of the American Revolution for assisting their Registrar with membership registration.
In later life she experienced further loss of mobility due to Post Polio Syndrome and retired from active volunteer service.
Although she had limited mobility it did not prevent her from traveling with her husband seeing such countries as England, France, Germany, Wales, Switzerland, doing genealogical research and visiting friends. They also vacationed in places such as Hawaii, Canada and all over the US.
Frank was her caregivier but he passed away in 2007 of Congestive Heart Failure. Betty moved to assisted living but needed full care as she was by then totally immobile. She lost the will to live without Frank and she passed away in 2008. She left behind two children, Milt Jr and Susan. Five grandchildren including adopted ones. Three great grandchildren. 
 
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 Parents:
  Lewis Ely Wilson (1878 - 1960)
  Gladys Winifred House Clark (1899 - 1992)
 
 Spouses:
  Milton Lee Adams (1914 - 1985)*
  Frank Kingsbury Thomas (1934 - 2007)*
 
 Children:
  Kim Wilson Adams (1949 - 1949)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lewis E Wilson (1901 - 1958)**
  Betty Lou Wilson Thomas (1922 - 2008)
  Gregg House Wilson (1924 - 2011)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
Betty was a member and Officer (Genealogist) of DAR (Daughter's of the American Revolution)
Member # 700476
 
Note: Betty's 1st husband was Milton Lee Adams. Her 2nd husband was Frank K Thomas III
 
Burial:
Mount Hope Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
 
Created by: Susan Mitchell
Record added: Jan 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64736050
Betty Lou <i>Wilson</i> Thomas
Added by: D. Meserole
 
Betty Lou <i>Wilson</i> Thomas
Added by: D. Meserole
 
Betty Lou <i>Wilson</i> Thomas
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- Susan Mitchell
 Added: Jan. 26, 2011

- Susan Mitchell
 Added: Feb. 5, 2011
I miss our long talks on the phone and being able to share everything with you. It's hard to realize you are gone. But you will never be forgotten mom. We love you, Sue and family
- Susan Mitchell
 Added: Jan. 28, 2013
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