Hilda Odel Lewis Thomas was born in Washington, D.C. on June 11, 1927 to the late Deacon Edward and Deaconess Mary Lambert Lewis. She peacefully transitioned at home surrounded by her family on Jan. 30, 2013.
As a child, Hilda was baptized Baptist and raised as a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church. In her twenties, Hilda became Catholic and was an active member of St. Benedict The Moor, Nativity of Our Lord and then St. Francis Xavier Church.
She was an accomplished pianist and organist. She played for her home churches and several other churches and choirs, Trinidad Baptist Church Community choir, throughout the Washington metropolitan area. She also played for many wedding and funerals.
Hilda was educated in District of Columbia public schools, Shaw Junior High School and a 1945 graduate from the famed Dunbar High School. She attended Howard University on scholarship.
In 1946, Hilda was married to the late James Leroy Thomas. Two children were born of this union, Khalid Abdul Kareem and Sheryl Thomas.
In 1975, Hilda joined the Washington Bridge Unit (WBU) of the American Bridge Association. She served a couple of terms as Treasurer of the WBU. She was an accomplished tournament bridge player who participated in tournaments around the country. She actively played for 30 years resulting in many first-place trophies.
In 1979, Hilda became a federal government retiree from the Office of Personnel Management with over 30 years of service.
Hilda was the youngest and sole surviving daughter of the six Lewis girls. She was preceded in death, by her sister, Thelma Duvall, Virginia Ward, Elizabeth Carpenter, Esther Cleveland and Lucille Banks Robinson Miller.
Hilda leaves to cherish her memory, her two children, Khalid and Sheryl; five grandchildren, Sabriya Abdul Kareem, Dina, Abdus Salaam (Siddiq), Eric Ellis, Jibrelle Faulkner and Jaden Faulkner; two great-grandchildren, Robert Jamal and Yasmeen; seven nieces and nephews; 12 great nieces and nephews, 11 great-great nieces and nephews and a host of other loving relatives and friends.