Michelle Thomas, followed in her mother, Irma Thomas' footprints to be one of the strongest voices to expose, and then demand justice for downwinders in Southern Utah, that set off the Downwinders Movement. She continued the fight to her last days.
Her death from her own exposure leaves a sad loss for all of us Downinders who are left to carry on the fight for justice and compensation for nuclear testing's horrible legacy. And to continue to fight so that there will never be any new nuclear weapons testing, be it above or below ground, and see the day a CTBT is ingrained in granite.
That is my promise to Michelle Thomas and her mother, and my fellow downwinders, still living, suffering, and tragically still dying. We will never forget your legacy.
J Truman, founder and director of Downwinders, Inc.
Funeral Service: Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, UT. Visitation: Thursday, May 30th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Spilsbury Mortuary. Interment: St. George City Cemetery, St. George, UT.
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