In Memorium

In Memorium. Richard Thomas (aka Ramona Baker)
Nov. 4, 1953-July 13, 2015
Richard Thomas, 61, a professional chef, passed away in Kansas City, Mo., on July 13. He was born in Alexandria, Louisiana.
A female impersonator, Thomas was known to the LGBT community as Ramona Baker, who held many titles and crowns across the Midwest. She made sure that all of her clothes were starched until they would stand up by themselves, even baseball caps.
Thomas always had a smile, and he never knew a stranger. He liked to introduce himself to absolutely everyone. Walking down the street, he’d stop 10 people to say hi, with his big, cheesy grin. We loved that smile.
He enjoyed watching beauty pageants on TV and poking a little fun at the contestants’ outfits and hair. He also liked to watch the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs, and he would attend games with Ernie, Phil and his mother.
Thomas was deathly afraid of flying, and being on a flight with him was a challenge for his friends. He also had trouble being punctual.
But he was a stalwart member of several community organizations. For more than 30 years, he was a member of the Heart of America Softball League, and he also belonged to several bowling, darts, and billiards leagues around town. And he’ll be missed at every bingo hall in Kansas City.
Thomas loved his little pug dog, known as Ms. Thang. She had passed away.
Thomas was also preceded in death by his mother, Mary Elizabeth Flowers Thomas; his father, Richard Thomas Sr.; his grandparents, aunts and uncles; and two great-nephews, Lorne D Mabon and Chris Shaun Franklin.
Survivors include two sisters, Martha Davis and Mary Batiste, both of Kansas City, Mo.; Batiste’s seven children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Edward Ambush and wife Linda of Alexandria; Ambush’s 12 children and many grandchildren; and Richard Smith and his significant other, Cino; and one child.

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