Starr D. Thomas, 68, passed away at Hope Hospice House on July 20, 2011 with her family at her side after a nearly four-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. A native of Miami, she graduated from Miami High School and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.
Starr worked for Eastern Airlines in Miami. She and her husband, Jack K. Thomas Jr., moved to Sanibel in 1971 with their two young children.
During nearly four decades on the island, Starr was involved in numerous civic endeavors including the founding of the Children’s Center of the Islands pre-school in the mid-1970’s and the creation of the original Sanibel bicycle path. A committed environmentalist, Starr was a longtime supporter and member of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. She was also an ardent supporter of and friend to many local artists.
She is survived by her husband, Jack; her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Starr Thomas and Patrick Burtis, of San Francisco, Calif.; and her son and daughter-in-law Jack E. and Kellie Thomas, and two granddaughters, Vivianne and Ginger, of Fort Myers.
Arrangements are private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends consider donations in Starr’s memory to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, P.O. Box 839, Sanibel, FL 33957.