The mood at Glen Rose Town Hall was somber and employees didn’t try to hide their tears Monday as news spread that Mygnonne Thomas, the city secretary for 17 years, died Sunday night.

Thomas, 72, had retired in February, citing ill health.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Wiley Funeral Home.

Thomas was born Aug. 22, 1937, in Millsap to J.D. and Claudine Hoover Goen. She loved her job, reading, and working The New York Times’ crossword puzzes, and playing computer games.

Her husband, Bill Thomas, preceded her in death.

Friends at Town Hall and those who did business with the city cited Thomas’ efficiency, professionalism and gutsy personality.

“She will be truly missed,” Councilman Chris Bryant said. “She was outstanding in what she did for so long and was well-liked by all. My prayers to her dearest friends and family.

“I would also like to express my deepest sympathy to her great friends that worked so closely next to her for all those years,” Bryant added.

“She was the friendly face of city hall,” said Darrell Best, chairman of the Glen Rose/Somervell Chamber of Commerce board and a member of the city’s 4-B Tax Advisory Board.

Debbie Harper of the Glen Rose Salon Web site interacted with Thomas frequently when she filed open records requests with the city.

“I thought that she could do just about anything,” Harper said. “She was so good with all the little details and seeing that things got done. It’s like a clock stopped working. She was integral to the way the city worked.”

Realtor Marilyn Phillips, who’s chairman of the Glen Rose Independent School District board, said she worked with Thomas in 1993 and 1994 when she was president of the of Commerce.

“I was so impressed with her loyalty, abilities, character and just the willingness to not just do the job, but do it so well,” Phillips siad. “I always looked forward to her personal e-mails, knowing there was a deep meaning or a laugh involved.

“Glen Rose has lost a wonderful person and the Thomas family has lost a treasure,” Phillips added. “She truly knew how to make everyone feel so special.”

Former mayor Helen Kerwinn praised Thomas for her “loyalty to the city, her depth of knowledge, her sense of humor, her mastery of the English language. All were extraordinary, but pale in comparison to her love and pride for her family. She was a unique soul. I will miss her so much.”

Survivors include sons Billy Thomas and wife, Rhonda, of Millsap, Toby Thomas and wife, Cathy, of Glen Rose and Tracy Thomas of Weatherford; a daughter, Bonnie Owens, of Dallas; grandchildren Teresa, Donna, Michelle, John, Trey, Jeni, Joseph, Trisha, Heather and Josh; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Tom Goen and  wife, Carol, of Weatherford; a sister, Ava Russey, of Fort Worth; numerous nieces and nephews; and others who called her “Mom.”