Titanic Survivor’s Daughter Speaks At Riverstreet Manor
The daughter of a Titanic survivor spoke recently about the tragedy to the staff and residents of a local nursing facility while she was a short stay resident there. Mae Thomas of Wilkes-Barre has told her mother Thelma’s story to audiences in the Wilkes-Barre area, accompanied by Dr. William V. Lewis Jr. from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. They spoke recently to the staff and residents of Riverstreet Manor Skilled Nursing Facility in Wilkes-Barre, where Thomas was a short stay resident. Together, Thomas and Lewis took the audience back to the night of April 14, 1912, when the Titanic, on its maiden voyage from England to New York City, struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic. Mae Thomas’ mother, Thelma; her uncle, Charles, and brother, Assid, were on board that ill fated voyage. Her uncle did not survive, but her brother Assid, a baby at the time, did survive and was reunited with his mother, Thelma, some time after the ship sank. Mae told the gathering that her mother was able to identify her baby because he was in the same blanket she had wrapped him in the night the ship sank. Assid passed away at 21 from complications from pneumonia. Thomas told the group that over the years, she has shared her family’s story with many people, and said she would continue to do so as long as people want to hear it. Over the years, she accompanied her mother to many events which brought other survivors together and she was able to hear their stories as well. At the Riverstreet Manor Skilled Nursing Facility in Wilkes-Barre, first row, is Mae Thomas, Wilkes-Barre. Second row, from left, are Selina Shotwell, director of marketing and admissions; Dr. William V. Lewis Jr., Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; Holly Eichhorn, center executive director, and Jodi Williams, center nurse executive.