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Monell Thomas, 78

Mr. Monell Gordon Thomas, 78, of Hollywood Hills, Calif., died Tuesday, June 17, 2003.
He was born on Dec. 18, 1924, in Tucumcari, to Eura E. and Viola H. Thomas.
He attended grade school in Forrest before moving to Portales where he graduated from high school in 1942. He served as a pharmaceutical mate during World War II. After the war he returned to Portales where he was hired by Beneficial Finance Company. He ran offices for Beneficial in Shawnee, Okla., Hobbs, Carlsbad, Roswell and Los Angeles.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Elvis Hugh Thomas and Harold Euvor Thomas.
He is survived by a sister, Marlene K. Strickland of Albuquerque; a niece, Ellen Peterson of Woodlands, Texas; three nephews, Mark Allan Thomas of Falls Church, Va., Gerald Strickland of Seattle, Wash., and Jeff Strickland of Kennewick, Wash.
Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, Calif.
Arrangements were by Forest Lawn Mortuary of Hollywood Hills, Calif.
Services have been held.