Mary Thomas, who was crowned Lacoba Homes 2011 queen, was recently named Missouri Health Care Association (MHCA) District #4 queen. She will go to Branson to participate for the MS Missouri queen in August. She was born on Dec. 3, 1916, in a dugout in Holly, Colo. She was a teacher and was married for 42 years to Buford Thomas. She has three daughters, seven grandchildren and eight grandchildren. She enjoys participating in sewing, music, current events, church services, bingo, crafts, reading newspapers, visiting and birthday parties.