Leona Thomas Silicio 1925 – 2013
Unforgettable in every way. Leona Thomas Silicio, Feb. 17, 1925 Burlington WA, died peacefully April 7, 2013, surrounded by family in Edmonds, WA. She grew up in Mt. Vernon.
Daughter of Lena Forbes Thomas and Lester Thomas; graduate of Mt. Vernon High and Skagit Valley Jr. College.
The Forbes family were longtime pioneers of Skagit Valley; a very close family.
After moving to Seattle, she modeled in the front store windows of Jay Jacobs, eventually falling in love and marrying Al Silicio, who was a longtime member of the WAC.
They lived in Seattle and started a family across the street from St. Teresa’s. It grew to four girls, all 10 months apart.
She was a devoted, fun-loving, classy, and energetic mom.
Later as the girls grew, they attended St. Teresa’s. Leona became the basketball coach and rallied the team to the achievement of All City Honors. They loved her, and she was proud of them; as well as coaching other CYO sports.
In the early sixties, the family moved to Edmonds and built a house for her and her girls. Al passed away when the girls were 14, 13, 12 and 11. A year later, her house burnt down, and then her father died. She lived a very full life and became a very strong woman.
I would be remiss if I did not tell what an amazing cook she was. She was the cookie factory we all loved to visit.
She was crazy smart about all sports; aware of all stats; and loved her Mariners and Seahawks.
She was admired and cherished with deep relationships to us all. We’ve given you our hearts.
She worked in property management until she was 82. She lived a full independent adventure.
Preceded in death by husband Al Silicio; mother Lena Forbes Thomas; father Lester Thomas; brother and best friend Rolland Thomas; grandsons Richard & Daniel.
She is survived by brothers Scott Thomas & Ken Thomas, daughters Toni Silicio-Prebezac (Mike), and their sons Matthew and Andrew; Tara Silicio; Tami Silicio, and her sons Jim, John, Joseph, William; Lisa Silicio and her sons, Albert & Charlie and daughter Liza; and 11 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A pre-Mother’s Day Celebration in her memory to be held at 2 p.m., at the Edmonds Senior Center, on May 11, 2013.