Winifred Jocelyn Thomas
Class of 1930


©Published on October 9, 2002

Winifred Jocelyn Thomas

Thomas WINIFRED JOCELYN THOMAS QUIGLEY. A descendent of early California settlers and a prominent Bay Area club women, died August 19, in Sunnyvale. She was 90. Though her parents were from pioneer California families, Mrs. Quigley was born in Washington, D.C. After her father completed a tour with the government during the Roosevelt administration, her family returned to Oakland where she grew up with her brother and two sisters. She graduated from Oakland High School in 1931 where she was student body president. Going on to the University of California at Berkeley she earned a BA degree with the class of 1935 majoring in political science and minoring in English and Education. One of her early family pastimes was to hike and fish the Sierra Nevadas from their parents' summer base camp in Dutch Flat. These early trips created an interest in hiking and exploring in her own family. Her favorite areas for excursions were Carmel, Sonoma County, Sierra City and around Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe, where her father had built a summer cabin in the early thirties. Mrs. Quigley's parental grandfather was a mining engineer in the Motherlode and her maternal grandfather an early rancher and vintner in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County which explains the keen interest she had in the history and lore of the areas. In 1936, she married Richard Havelock Quigley of Oakland, whom she met on a blind date sailing on San Francisco Bay. The couple built one of the early homes in the city's Montclair district where they lived until 1991 when they moved to the peninsula to be near their two children. Mrs. Quigley was active in many community activities. She taught Sunday School at Montclair Presbyterian Church; was a Girl Scout leader; active in Republican Women; and regularly solicited contributions for local charities. In 1961 she was elected president of the College Women's Club of the UC branch of the Association of University Women for two-year term. She was also active in the Berkeley Clinic Women's Auxiliary, the Hillside Club of Berkeley and the PEO. In her later years, Mrs. Quigley was active in St. Clement's Episcopal Church of Berkeley and then Christ Episcopal Church of Los Altos. She is survived by her son, Richard, of Los Altos Hills, daughter Pamela Barnes of Palo Alto; grandsons Richard and Robert Quigley, both of Los Angeles; granddaughters Adelicia Quigley of San Francisco and Sarah Barnes of Palo Alto; brother Willard Thomas of Oakland; niece Laura Thomas and grand nieces Brigid and Allegra O'Danoghue of Alameda; and nephews David Kathriner of Moraga and Stephen Kathriner of Chico.