Eleanor “Kim” Thomas of Las Vegas, NV passed away on June 8,2022, at the age of 75.
Kim is preceded in death by her mother Josephine “Mollie” Poafpybitty and her grandfather Jose “Charlie” Jojola of the Pueblo of Isleta, NM.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Bill Thomas; her daughter Joan “Suzy” Jojola; her daughter Michelle Citrano; her son Michael Citrano; her daughter Jean Jojola; her son Jon “Jack” Jojola; her stepdaughters Keena Thomas, Tracy Thomas; her stepson William Thomas and wife Tiffany; her 11 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
Kim was extremely proud of her Native American heritage. After college, she worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) where her supervisors included Senator Ted Kennedy and 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist legend, Billy Mills. Kim worked for Aetna Finance; and, in 1979, a job became available in their Orange County, CA office. So, she packed up her family and headed out West. Later, she worked for Xerox Corporation in El Segundo, CA and while still working for Xerox she moved to Rochester, NY. In 2005, Kim and Bill moved into their beautiful home in Summerlin and truly loved their new life.
Kim was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed meeting new people (as she never met a stranger) and loved traveling to places like Ireland, Scotland, England, and Italy. Her smile lit up a room and her compassion touched everyone’s heart. She was heavily involved in various church activities such as teaching RCIA and prison ministry. Kim was truly grateful and thankful for all the people who crossed her path on her life’s journey, and she spoke about each and every single one of you often.
Her funeral services will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church located at 1811 Pueblo Vista Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128 on Tuesday, June 28th. Visitation will be at 12:30pm and Mass at 1:30pm; interment following at Palm Cemetery at 7600 S. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89123. The Pallbearers will be Michael Citrano, Jack Jojola, Jimmy Hernandez, Emerson DaSilva. Drexel Porter and Tyrone Blair. Honorary Pallbearer Richard Fletes, William Thomas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Kim’s honor to Catholic Charities 1501 Las Vegas Blvd N., Las Vegas, NV 89101.