From left are Welsh Agnew; new hall of fame members Dave and Nell Thomas and Theresa Cordova O'dea; and Sharon Williams, chairperson of the Dunedin Committee on Aging. Agnew nominated the Thomases to the Senior Hall of Fame.
DUNEDIN – Dave and Nell Thomas and Theresa Cordova O’dea were honored May 15 for being named to the Senior Hall of Fame at a luncheon at the Hale Center.
The Thomases have lived in Dunedin since 1977. They have served their church, First Presbyterian, the Historical Society, the Rotary organization and the local library. They deliver Meals on Wheels twice a week, and support the Hanger Organization. Their motto is “Brighten the corner where you are” and consider it a privilege to call Dunedin their corner.
O’dea came to Dunedin in 1980. She spent 20 years teaching grades one to six in many other states. She returned to college to earn a masters degree in counseling and worked in Tampa before finding Dunedin. She did substitute teaching in Ozona and Our Lady Of Lourdes school and volunteered at Our Lady Of Lourdes to sing in the choir, read liturgy and serve wherever needed.
The scholarship committee of the Dunedin Youth Guild is one of her proud accomplishments. The Rotary refers to her as the head ding-a-ling since she organizes their commitment to ringing bells for the Salvation Army. O’dea is a member of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce and has volunteered for the Historical Society.
Many of the prior winners were in the audience at the luncheon, which was hosted by Mease Manor. The theme of this year’s event was Unleash the Power of Age.