By Vanessa Le Blanc
Albertine Thomas passed away at the age of 83, and was the only child of Alberta and Joseph Wilson of New Orleans, Louisiana.
While growing up in the South, she attended segregated schools. However, the injustice and bigotry of segregation did not diminish her dreams. As integration transformed society, Albertine worked diligently to follow her mother into nursing and earned a degree as a registered nurse.
She loved nursing, art, listening to jazz greats, eating great Creole food, having caring friends in her life and her children: Charlene, Albert, Vanessa, and grandchildren. Albertine was a member of the NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center, St. Benedict’s Parish, and the St. Vincent De Paul Society of Alameda County.
She is preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, Ahmad Ronwa McGee, and her husband Anderson “Chef Creole” Thomas of 35 years. Towards the end of her life she was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, which she unknowingly had for decades. Go to www.psp.org to learn more. I love you Mama and miss you. Whenever I say my prayers or listen to Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, or Ella Fitzgerald, I miss you even more.