Lorraine "Garcia" Thomas, daughter of the late Betty Mae Wilson and James Thomas, Sr., passed away at home with tranquility and calm on April 4, 2018, at the age of 64 years. Garcia, as she was affectionately called, was born in Bronx, New York, on May 26, 1953, the youngest of her mother's children. Growing up as a child in the Polo Grounds (NY), Garcia grew an affinity for cars, athletics, and music; and she would carry those passions throughout her life
Garcia would go on to graduate from Long Island University with her Masters in Psychoanalytic Therapy and with her a natural penchant to help others which would lead her to enlist in the United States Army. After being Honorably discharged, she would continue to make her roots in Harlem, New York where she began a career as a youth counselor for children in the City. Continuing to fight for those in need she would then work for many years with the New York City Police Department where she retired as a female instructor for the Police Academy.
Retirement gave Garcia ample time to focus on her passions and her most important career. She would go on to build an extensive collection of Classic Cars and dedicate all of her efforts in raising her two sons, James and Isaac Harris
Garcia would move to Delaware to provide the best life possible for her children and become a beloved member of the Newark, Delaware, community hosting Back-to-School picnics and providing advice, wisdom, and love to all with whom she came in contact.
Garcia is survived by 2 sons, James and Isaac; 2 sisters, Lavern and Theresa Thomas; 1 brother, James Thomas; along with a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends that cherish her loving memory and caring nature.
Her Home Going Service will be 12 Noon, Monday, April 16th, at Congo Funeral Home, 2317 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19802, with viewing from 10-11:45 am.
Her interment will be private.