This was indeed a great tragedy for a family that has roots in the San Thome side of R A Puram. A mother and a daughter passed away on the same day in two different circumstances at their home in T. Nagar.
Leema Thomas, a teacher at Good Shepherd School in the city passed away due to a heart attack on January 20. She passed away as her daughter Marlina took her to a clinic.
Now, on the way back home Marlina Thomas who teaches at the American International School rode back in her scooter and just outside the gate to their apartment, the emotionally disturbed girl is said to have lost control of her scooter and dashed into a wall.
It is said that as the girl was injured badly in her head. She was rushed to a hospital and passed away a couple of hours after her mom had breathed her last.
The double tragedy cast a pall of gloom in the colony near Our Lady of Guidance Church in R A Puram, a parish to which the Thomases belonged for many years before they moved to T Nagar.
The funeral was held on Monday afternoon at this church Holy Mass being celebrated by Rev. Lawrence Pius, Bishop of Dharmapuri, who is related to the family which was bereaved.
A large community from the schools where the two deceased worked and the parish community attended the funeral.