Jayne Thomas, Grand Life Master and former member of the ACBL Board of Directors, died peacefully on Monday with her life partner, Sue Franson, at her side. She was 80.
The Lutz FL resident served for 25 years as the executive manager of Florida Unit 128, the largest unit in ACBL, running five regionals a year. She also served for many years as District 9's Grand National Teams and North American Pairs coordinator.
Thomas was one of only four female graduates the year she earned a degree in math from her beloved University of Florida. She taught public high school math for 30 years. She served on the ACBL Board of Directors from 1987 to 1999, representing District 9 (Florida). During her time on the board, she became close friends with fellow board members Virgil Anderson, Joan Levy Gerard and Barbara Nudelman.
Thomas loved to cook and loved to shop at the farmer's market, where the good deals she found were her special source of pride. Whenever she played at the Tampa Bay Bridge Center, she brought a homemade treat to share with the players. Besides bridge, Thomas enjoyed the slot machines at any casino, any place, and she and Sue kept a menagerie of dogs and cats as well as a garden full of beautiful plants and flowers.
She was known as a tough competitor at any bridge game, topping her section less than a week before she passed away.
Thomas and Anderson won the Leventritt Silver Ribbon Pairs in 1994. At the time of her death, she had 12,714 masterpoints to her credit.