The Hester “Lark” Thomasson Endowment Fund was established by the Girl Scouts-Fox Valley Council to provide annual support for the leadership development of residents of the Fox River Valley who are Girl Scouts or volunteers to the Council.
The initial gift to create the fund was given in loving memory of Hester Thomasson by her sister Mary Lou Conover.
Hester Loretta Thomasson (1917-2006) was born in Whittier, Iowa. In 1931, her family moved to Aurora. During World War II, she began working for Sears Roebuck and Company and eventually became head of the Young Women’s Department.
Miss Thomasson was active in Girl Scouts as a troop member and also the Golden Eaglettes, a high school group.
As an adult, she was a troop leader and became the adult leader who led the singing at council-wide events. It was during this time that she was given the camp name of “Lark.”
Later, as a result of her long efforts as an adult volunteer, she received the Thanks Badge, one of the highest honors at the council level.
Miss Thomasson lived in a Friends (Quaker) community until moving to Aurora. Her family believed that this background led to her gentle and peaceful lifestyle.