Reine Marlene Thomas, age 64, passed away peacefully on Dec. 15, 2017, surrounded by her family after battling cancer for over seven years. Reine was born on Jan. 2, 1953, in The Dalles, to Dewey and Catherine (Fridley) Thomas. She was raised by her parents in Wasco on a wheat farm. Reine’s roots as a “farm girl” helped in defining her approach to life and work ethic.
Reine graduated from Sherman County High School in 1971, with her highest level of education being a Doctor of Education in 2013.
Reine served in education for 30 years, including teaching middle and high school, then serving as an administrator at Columbia Gorge Community College, Portland Community College, and Chemeketa Community College.
Reine loved to travel, whether it was to Brazil as an exchange student in high school to serving on a mission trip through a local church to Guatemala.
She was known for her creative leadership, her community spirit, and ability to build partnerships within the community. Reine not only dedicated her life to education, but was devoted, simply, to the success of the student learner.
Reine had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and meaningful way. She made all of those around her feel special.
Her sense of humor and wit, compassion and empathy, positivity and support were all attributes she demonstrated to strangers and her best friends alike.
She was a faithful and dutiful wife, mother, daughter, and sister.
Left to honor Reine and remember her love are her husband, Thomas Brateng, of Dallas; son Casey Hayes (Kristi), of San Diego; daughter Abby Kraayeveld (Jefferey), of Ridgefield, Wash.; father Dewey Thomas, of Wasco; brother Kent (Melva) Thomas, of Wasco; stepson Jason Brateng (Brett), of Dallas; and stepdaughter Jeni Cochrane (Dan), of Bend; and nine grandchildren.
Reine was preceded in death by her mother Catherine (Fridley) Thomas in 1999.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Wasco United Methodist Church in Wasco, followed by a private family graveside service at 3 p.m.
Those who so desire may make memorial donations to Columbia Gorge Community College at www.gorgefoundation.org or mail to CGCC Foundation at 400 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles, OR 97058.
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