Evelyn B. Raymond Thomas, 73, of Wynnefield, a retired teacher, died of cancer Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospice in Darby Borough.

Mrs. Thomas was a teacher in public schools in Philadelphia for 33 years, including many years at Kenderton Elementary School and Ada H. Lewis Middle School. She retired in 2000.

Mrs. Thomas was born in West Grove and raised in West Philadelphia. She graduated from West Philadelphia Catholic Girls' High School in 1957 and earned a bachelor's degree in education from Cheyney University in 1962.

She was briefly married to John Thomas.

For more than 50 years she was the partner of Carroll Adams, with whom she had a son, Darryl Thomas.

She enjoyed going to casinos in Nevada and Atlantic City, board games, pinochle, and joke-telling, her family said.

In addition to her life partner and son, Mrs. Thomas is survived by brothers Ronald and Cecil Raymond; sisters Grace Holmes and Rita Jones; and nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at a future date at Our Lady of Peace Church in Williamstown.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 480 Norristown Rd., Suite 150, Blue Bell, Pa. 19422.