Remembering Winchester Born Helen Thomas

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 7/26/2013 11:30 pm

Helen Thomas’s Memorial Service has been set for August 15th in Troy, Michigan, which is a suburb of Detroit.

The 92-year-old pioneering journalist who was born in Winchester died last Saturday.

“She wasn't afraid of the devil himself,” Mike Rowady, Thomas’s cousin said.

According to U.S. Census Data, the Thomas Family lived on North Main Street in downtown Winchester.

Rowady said as a child he would pull Thomas around in his red wagon. He also remembers his Aunt Mary’s good cooking – something he said Thomas inherited.

Lexington media trailblazer Sue Wylie said Thomas really carried a torch for women in journalism. Wylie said when Thomas entered the business, women were given fluff assignments instead of hard news stories.

“No one said anything about male reporters or hosts when they asked tough questions,” Wylie said.

Thomas paved the way for women covering hard news stories. Throughout her career she grilled nine US Presidents and was known for her tenacity.

“She devoted her life to that entire profession,” Rowady said.

Thomas introduced Rowady and their family to many people, hosting parties in her Washington D.C. apartment. Rowady said his sister was the last person to talk to Thomas before she died.

“She thanked her for the opportunity to meet all of these interesting people,” he said.

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