HERMON – Maria “Zen” Thomas, 67, died after a long illness on February 11, 2021, at a Bangor hospital. She was born August 26, 1953, in Manila, Philippines, the daughter of Teodolfo and Teodora (Dytuco) Banes.
Upon graduation from college with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Zen moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1983. There, she worked evenings as a computer operator and mastered their risk management software. Marriott purchased the software and moved Zen to their headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, where she worked as manager of Software Risk Management. She met James Thomas in October, 1990 and they were married in October, 1991. From 1991 to 2005, Zen worked for four companies, managing many software projects, earning the respect and admiration of everyone. In 2005, she was hired by Eastern Maine Medical Center as a Software Project Manager to complete and implement the Computer Provider Order System Project that earned her a national award. After working for EMMC for ten years, she took early retirement due to an impending illness.
Surviving in addition to her husband, James Thomas, are her brother, Enrique “Henry” Banes and his wife, Emma, of Naperville, Illinois; sister, Susan Timones, and her husband, of Manila, Philippines. In addition to her parents, Zen was predeceased by her brother, Ping.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am, Friday, February 26, at Saint Paul the Apostle Parish, Saint Mary’s Church, 768 Ohio St., Bangor, ME 04401. Those wishing to attend the service remotely, may do so at stpaulbangor.me. If you do wish to attend instead, please be mindful of others by practicing social distancing, and wear a face covering.