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FDR’s nurse: Maggie Thomas’ brush with history


The late Maggie Thomas, a U.S. Army Corps nurse during WWII and a private nurse to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, visited the Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 2008 with her son, then-mayor Russell Thomas. The recent passing of “Maggie” Thomas, mother of former Mayor Russell Thomas, at the age of 98, recalls the charitable heart, charming personality and eventful life of Ennis’s “First Mom,” as she was sometimes called. Born Margaret Allan in South Carolina in 1919 and raised mainly in Georgia, Maggie was a reserved but determined woman who came to love her adopted state of Texas and the town that became her “new” hometown, Ennis. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Friends of the Ennis Public Library and the Ennis Garden Club. Maggie remained active in her later years, attending public events hosted by the Ennis Literary Guild, the Ennis Historical Society and Honor Flight of Ellis County. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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