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Posted: Friday, February 15, 2019 5:00 pm

Thyra Jacobs, age 74, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 at Valley Village Retirement Community in Santa Clara, California. Thyra is the twin sister of Greta Coneway and sister-in-law of Clint Coneway of Coronado.

She was born to Ethel and Melville Jacobs in San Francisco, California, and raised in the Bay Area. She graduated from James Lick High School in San Jose. As a young woman, Thyra was an adventurer who eagerly accepted opportunities to live and work in many places including Missoula, Montana, Phoenix, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. After many years away from the Bay Area, she returned to San Jose to care for her elderly mother who passed away in 2000.

Thyra had many interests. She enjoyed sketching and oil painting. She loved animals and took every chance to be around them. She managed and exercised horses, owned dogs, and volunteered at a dog rescue center. She considered her most intriguing jobs were caring for a mongoose and a monkey. Thyra was fearless. She parachuted from an airplane, skied down mountains, rode horses in cattle roundups, and hiked and camped in rugged mountainous areas.

In 2003, her life changed forever when she was in a tragic automobile accident. She sustained injuries from which she never fully recovered. Three years later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thyra faced these trials with strength and courage. Eventually, she was well enough to join Greta and Clint on a Mexican Riviera cruise and a trip to Hawaii. Thyra loved visiting Coronado. She participated in the Coronado Relay for Life as a cancer survivor and always enjoyed the city’s 4th of July Parade, especially seeing the horses lined up on the street in front of the Coneway’s home.

She is survived by Greta (Clint) Coneway and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She will be missed. Her family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Santa Clara’s Valley Village Retirement Community and the caring people at Bridge Hospice for the kindness they showed to Thyra.

Thyra donated her body to Stanford University Medical School as did her Mother and Father before her.