MARIE E. (QUIMBY) THOMAS
Celebration of Life Announcement
SOUTH PORTLAND – A celebration of life for Marie E. Thomas, who passed away on May 13, 2014, will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 5:00pm at Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer Street, South Portland, Maine. Please join family and friends for remembrances, entertainment, and refreshments. Casual attire. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to and FMI contact Candy Jamerson at 799-1421.
In May of this year, Lyric Music Theater lost a great friend and benefactor, Marie E. Thomas. Marie and her husband Cedric, for whom the Lyric Playhouse is named, were instrumental in helping Lyric obtain our current home on Sawyer Street. In Lyric’s early years its home was in Portland and shows were rehearsed at the “Doll House” on Stevens Avenue and moved into the Deering High School auditorium for performances. In 1971 a fire not only destroyed Lyric’s rehearsal space but all of the lights, sets, costumes and library and left the organization roving as gypsies for rehearsal space and performances. Cedric found the former Nazarene Church in South Portland and though it was run down and in need of much work and repair, he and Marie saw the potential of the building and generously helped Lyric to obtain the property, our home today. They spent many hours and dollars to help repair and restructure the facility for theatrical presentations and our impressive facility today is thanks in large part to the vision of Cedric and Marie.
Marie was in several musical productions over the years and had a lovely lyric soprano voice. She also loved working behind the scenes, supporting Lyric, sharing her home and time and was a generous donor to all fundraising events, including donating many of her beautiful paintings for auction. Marie continued to support and care about Lyric even after she moved to Florida after Cedric passed away in 1995. Marie will be long remembered and missed by all who knew and loved her.
On Saturday, July 19, 2014 Lyric will hold a memorial service in celebration of Marie’s life at the theater she helped to build and we hope you can join us.