City of Champaign remembers life of Mable Thomas

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City of Champaign remembers life of Mable Thomas


Champaign City Government, Civil Rights


The city of Champaign is dedicating a street to Mable Thomas for many years of work in the community. Mable Thomas passed away April 13, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.


Marty Malone


Daily Illini


4 May 2010

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Mable Thomas, longtime coordinator of neighborhood groups for the City of Champaign, passed away April 13, 2010 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

The City of Champaign said a community memorial service will be held for Thomas at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Douglass Park in Champaign.

The city will also dedicate honorary street signs to Mable’s family.

Thomas was originally hired in 1987 as Administrative Assistant, promoted to the Assistant to the City Manager for Community Development in 1988 and was appointed to serve as Neighborhood Services Coordinator upon creation of the Neighborhood Services Department in 1992.

"Thomas was a dedicated public servant who spent countless hours providing support to neighborhood residents and leaders in addressing community problems," the press release noted.

Over her tenure with the City, Thomas helped organize hundreds of neighborhood groups. She was instrumental in expanding the City’s Neighborhood Watch Program and organized the popular National Night Out event. With the support of the City Council she created the Neighborhood Small Grant Program to fund neighborhood based problem solving and improvement projects. She initiated an Annual Neighborhood Leaders Meeting to educate residents about City government.

Thomas was also very active in a number of community organizations and activities including the Triad SALT, Crimestoppers, Safe Kids Coalition, CommUnity Matters and the First Street Farmers Market.

Community members and representatives of neighborhood groups are encouraged to come out and celebrate the life of Mable Thomas.




Marty Malone, “City of Champaign remembers life of Mable Thomas,” eBlack Champaign-Urbana, accessed November 21, 2019,

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