Ann Kemp Thomas, volunteer

Ann Kemp Thomas, a homemaker who was a founder of Beautiful Baltimore, died of heart failure May 28 at Keswick Multi-Care Center. She was 84 and lived in Roland Park.

Born Ann Kemp in Baltimore and raised in Homeland, she was the daughter of Dr. Jarold Elting Kemp, a Johns Hopkins Hospital dermatologist, and Ann Stewart Kemp, a homemaker. She was a 1947 Girls' Latin School graduate.

In 1949, she married John B. Thomas III, who owned the old Thomas & Thompson drugstore at the southeast corner of Baltimore and Light streets.

Mrs. Thomas was a founder of the Woodland Garden Club and was a past president of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland. She worked with former Mayor William Donald Schaefer on his Beautiful Baltimore campaign, which she helped found. In that capacity, she assisted with hanging flower baskets on light poles and with mass plantings of daffodils in public spaces.

She was also a past president of the Woman's Club of Roland Park, a member of the Three Arts Club of Homeland and served on the boards of the SPCA of Central Maryland and the Baltimore Opera Guild.

"Her dedication to her causes, clubs and activities defined who she was," said Claudia Thomas, her daughter-in-law, who lives in Stoneleigh.

Mrs. Thomas attended the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Opera Company, Center Stage and Everyman Theatre. She also visited New York for theater and shopping.

"Mom had a great love of home. She set a beautiful table and loved to entertain," said another daughter-in-law, Robin Thomas of Sterling, Va.

Services were private. She was a member of St. Andrew's Christian Community Church.

Survivors include two sons, John B. Thomas II of Sterling and J. Kemp Thomas of Stoneleigh; a daughter, Lydia Thomas of Baltimore; and five grandchildren. Her husband of 54 years died in 2003.

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