Marge, born in San Ramon when the city limit sign read “POP. 101”, passed away on Oct. 7, after complications from an ataxia disease, at the age of 76. Her Portuguese family initially arrived from the Azores to San Ramon in the 1850’s and settled as cattle ranchers. As the Valley expands over decades the Thomas Ranch continues to survive, along with the memories and stories of Marge’s life and her pioneering family. Marge attended a two room school house in San Ramon, and later graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in 1958, where she met her sweetheart Larry Zaharis. Marge and Larry were married at St. Isadore’s and were united in marriage for nearly 59 years. Marge was devoted to her family and friends. She enjoyed creative art projects, leading 4H classes, playing women’s softball, cooking, world travel, and years of volunteering at the Danville Presbyterian Church.
Marge was proceeded in death by her parents: Ernie Thomas and Eleanor Thomas, and her brother “little” Ernie Thomas. Marge is survived by her husband Larry Zaharis of San Ramon, her two children Debbie Chewning and Tom Zaharis, her sister Patti Thomas Martin, and her two grandchildren Rebecca Arber and Stephen Chewning, along with an array of friends and other family members.
A Celebration of Life to recognize Marge will take place on the Thomas Ranch, when the hills are green and the flowers are in display, during the spring of 2018, announcements to follow. And, please make any donations in Marge’s honor to the National Ataxia Foundation, 600 Highway 169 South, Suite 1725 Minneapolis, MN 55426 or at www.ataxia.org.
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