Our Heavenly Father called Helen Louise Parry Thomas home from this earthly experience on February 3, 2014. She was born on April 27, 1937, in Cedar City, Utah to Chauncey Gardner Parry and Helen Daynes of Salt Lake City.
As a little girl, she lived in Cedar and Kanab, where her father built the Parry Lodge, and started the movie industry in Southern Utah. She was even in a few movies! And a bright spot in her life was when she had lunch at the Parry Lodge with Robert Taylor. When she was only six-years-old, her father was killed in a car accident in Cedar City. Her mother returned to SLC to be closer to her family. Some years later she married Glen M. Ruby, a renowned oil geologist, and a good step father to the three girls. Louise graduated from Olympus High School and went to the University of Utah.
She married Howard Carl Anderson, Jr. Later divorced. Married Fritz W. Ellis, later divorced. She finally got it right when she met The Darling, John W. Thomas. They married and he adopted her four little boys, and a marvelous dog.
She always said she had "perfect children", the twins, Kirk Chauncey (Karey) Thomas, and Christopher Howard (Michelle) Thomas, William Richard (Tawna) Thomas who returned home to his Heavenly Father, Jan. 17, 2007, and Marten Gerald (Natalie) Thomas. These perfect children blessed her with 9 perfect grandchildren! She also leaves a beautiful sister, Marilyn (Blaine) Rasmussen. Her dear sister, Sharon Rasmussen, has gone on to be with her Heavenly Father and her husband, Richard. Also many nephews and nieces.
Her message to her family has always been "Be positive and be in White Light and say "I Love You" to your loved ones every day".
Louise was a Certified Medical Assistant-Clinical, (CMA-C) and worked for many years, for a variety of doctors, in clinics and hospitals. Then she went on to develop and teach the Medical Assistant programs at various colleges and finally at Salt Lake Community College. She loved teaching! While at SLCC she developed a class called "The Mind/Body Connection" which was part of the Medical Assistant program. She and her Darling wrote the textbook for the class called"The Alpha Connection To Mind And Body". She also made a CD of guided imagery exercises to go with it. Louise produced such quality medical assistants that many doctors were eager to hire her graduates. She may never know just how many lives were directly and indirectly touched by her devotion to her career. Although she has been retired for many years, the program she developed at SLCC is still being taught and is highly regarded in the medical profession.
Many lives may have been saved because "Louise trained" medical assistants were there to help the doctor. One of her rewards was observing one of her graduates in a doctor’s office and discovering how successful they had become. Great is the power of the teacher, although under-paid, and over-worked. The enthusiasm and passion displayed by Louise as a teacher had a very significant influence on her students. Therefore, part of her legacy is an army of highly trained medical assistants continuing to touch lives all over the country.
She retired in 2000 and moved to Hurricane, Utah. She continued to teach the Mind/Body Connection class at SUU and DSC, at both the St. George and Hurricane campuses for several years before it became a University. She thoroughly enjoyed retirement. With a home right off the golf course and a swimming pool nearby, her days were always busy. Her home was often filled with noise and laughter from children and grandchildren. One of the favorite moments for all was watching a sunrise on the patio. Many evenings were enjoyed with friends and neighbors which she loved dearly. In her later days, these people would become some of her greatest blessings. She will be missed.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Metcalf Hurricane Valley Mortuary, 140 North Main Street, Hurricane, Utah. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Mortuary.
A second funeral service will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Memorial Estates Mortuary Chapel, 3115 East 7800 South, Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Visitations will be held at Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., both at the Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Memorial Estates Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Metcalf Hurricane Valley Mortuary, (435) 635-9922.