Valerie Thomas, of Camdenton, passed away at the age of 80 on June 24 after a long battle with COPD.

Valerie Thomas, of Camdenton, passed away at the age of 80 on June 24 after a long battle with COPD. She is survived by David Thomas, her husband of nearly 60 year; son Jeff of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughter, Katherine of Boulder City, Nev.; three brothers and six grandchildren.

In recent years she served as Vice President of the Camden County historical Society and Archivist of the Camden County Museum. She was the prime organizer of two re-enactments of the Civil War Battle of Monday’s hollow as successful fundraisers for the Museum. She was a regular Election-Day poling-place volunteer for Camden County, and was the President of her homeowners association, Villas at the Shores of Camelot. Earlier, while residing in Capistrano Beach, Calif., she was President of the Old Mill Pond homeowners association.

Born Valerie Gail Boyle in New Jersey, she was a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in History. While residing in Upper Arlington, Ohio, she was docent at the Ohio Historical Society, and board member of Buckeye Boys Ranch, in which capacity she directed major fund-raising projects including a professional tennis tournament on the National Tour.

Due to the current pandemic, no public services are planned. A memorial fund is being established in her name to benefit the Camden County Museum, and memorial may be directed to that organization at PO Box 19, Linn Creek, MO 65052. Arrangements are under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home. Online condolences and register book entries may be left at www.alleeholmanhowe.com.