A Family’s Tale Of Escaping The Sinking Titanic

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) One woman's young mother and baby brother made it off the ship alive.  In 1912 then 16-year-old Thelma Thomas was traveling to America on the Titanic with her husbands brother and 10 other relatives.

"When in hit the iceberg, my uncle Charles said to her Thelma, I'm going to go out and see what that was.  she said When he came back her expression was he looked as white as a ghost. He said, Thelma there is no time, and he put a life jacket on her, and grabbed up the baby and wrapped him in a comforter." said Marjorie Thomas.

Charles knew that women and children were being loaded aboard the lifeboats first, and what that meant for him.

"He knew  he was going down with the ship but he didn't tell her.  So they went out on the deck, and he was holding the baby, Uncle Charles was pacing back and forth yelling "will someone please take the baby, I don't want to be saved" said Marjorie Thomas.

A fellow passenger, a woman named Edwina Trout, became a life saver for her 5-month-old son Assad.

"Edwina was in another lifeboat and yelled I'll take him, and he passed my brother down to Edwina." said Marjorie Thomas.

Over the years Thelma Thomas told her daughter Marjorie the story of how her brother's life was saved, and about how lucky he was to be alive.

In 1979 Marjorie did finally find 94-year-old Edwina in California, and in 1984 she traveled there to personally thank her.

"All I can do is say I'm glad I'm here to tell what my mother went through went the sinking of the Titanic happened." said Marjorie Thomas.

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