Helen Poff Thomas, 94, devoted Redskins fan known for her quick wit

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Helen Poff Thomas
Helen Poff Thomas

Helen Poff Thomas, 94, of Wilmington, passed away Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at Commons at Brightmore.

Helen was the daughter of Katherine and Montague Poff and was born in Fayetteville, West Virginia on April 29, 1921. A resident of Falls Church, Virginia for most of her life, she was a longtime member of Epworth United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir.

She had a rewarding career as a real estate agent and a loan processor and served on the Board of Directors of the Shelter House of Falls Church. Helen was married for 48 years to the late William W. Thomas and is also preceded in death by her brothers, Carl, Jennings and Paul; and her daughter, Billie Lynn.

Helen is survived by her sister, Madelyn Kenny of West Virginia; her son, Kenneth Thomas of Warrenton, Virginia; and her daughters, Sharon E. Sacco and Nancy J. Harting of Wilmington and Katheryn T. Dann of Oakland, California. She leaves behind six grandchildren, Kristan Wilson Couper, Kevin Thomas, Todd and Justin Sacco, Billie Harting Bibb and Grant Thomas, as well as three great-grandchildren, Sohphie and Luke Thomas and Sam Sacco.

Helen’s long life was filled with love from her family and friends for her kindness and graciousness. She was an avid Washington Redskins Fan and enjoyed bridge, gardening and crossword puzzles. Her devoted family and friends will miss her cooking and keen wit.

A memorial service for her will be held in April around the time of her birthday.

In lieu of flowers, consider donating to the Shelter House of Falls Church, Virginia, 3080 Patrick Henry Drive, Falls Church, VA 22044, (703) 536-2155, or a charity of your choice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation.

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