Funeral date set for rugby star’s ‘cherished’ sister Non Thomas

THE funeral of Non Thomas, the sister of Llanelli and Wales legend Ieuan Evans, takes place on Thursday.

Mrs Thomas, 45, has been described as the devoted mother of Joseff and Manon, aged eight and five, the beloved wife of Roger, the cherished daughter of Margaret and John and much-loved sister of Ieuan.

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Family and friends were left stunned after Mrs Thomas, nee Evans, was found dead at the bottom of cliffs at Southerndown, near Porthcawl, on April 11.

Thursday morning’s service takes place at Llanelli Crematorium with donations, if desired, to Disability Sport Wales.

Mrs Thomas disappeared from her Sketty home on the day of her death and drove to the Southerndown beauty spot overlooking the Bristol Channel.

A walker raised the alarm that evening and rescue teams later recovered her body.

Former Wales captain and British Lion hero Mr Evans, 48, has been comforting his elderly parents since the tragedy.

Speaking last week, he said: “We are all stunned and absolutely devastated at the tragic loss of Non.

“We thank everybody for their heartfelt concern and hope that we can be allowed time to grieve and come to terms with our loss.”

Mrs Thomas was a former pupil at Carmarthen’s Ysgol Bro Myrddin secondary school and went on to teach PE at the school between 1997 and 2000.

Former head teacher Eric Jones said her death had shocked everyone.

“She will be greatly missed by her former pupils and colleagues at the school,” he said. “While she was a pupil at the school, staff recognised her sporting talents and she became a hurdling champion for Wales and played netball for the national team.”

South Wales Police said last week that Mrs Thomas’s death was not being treated as suspicious.

Her brother, Pontarddulais-born Mr Evans, played for Wales 72 times, 28 as captain. He also won seven caps for the British Lions.

Evening Post reader abertawejack, wrote on the paper’s website www.thisissouthwales.co.uk: “To the families Non leaves behind, please accept our deepest sympathies.

“Peace be with you all including Ieuan. Keep close and be there for each other.”

richard.youle@swwmedia.co.uk

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