Juanita (Nita) Thomas was born July 25, 1940, in
Idaho Falls, Idaho. At an early age, after attending a Christmas party,
(sponsored by Lily #33 and IOOF), with her aunt, she knew one day she
would sit in those "Big Chairs" and be a "Rebekah".
Upon graduating from Salmon High School, she married
Will (Bill) Thomas on May 27, 1958. They moved to Gooding, Idaho in
1962, where they owned and operated a dairy and farm until 1992.
Thanks to another aunt, in May 1964, Juanita joined
Marguerite No. 98 Rebekah Lodge in Gooding. Raising 4 children, calves
and other duties, she still found time to be a Theta Rho Advisor and was
Noble Grand in 1980. She has been involved in 4-H, PTA, church,
community and lodge functions.
Juanita and Will have 4 children, Patricia, John,
Janet, and Cindy. 8 grand children and 8 great grand children.
After retirement they moved back to Salmon. Juanita
belongs to Anna No. 14 and IOOF No. 5 in Salmon and associate member of
Silver Leaf No. 27, Challis; Idaho No. 96, Wendell; and Syringa No. 110,
Juanita enjoys crafts, reading, and growing roses.
She collects cookie jars and cookbooks, among other things.
We invite everyone to come visit, the "latch is