The late Helen Thomas, who died on Saturday at the age of 92, was a favorite of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and frequently met with Chamber officials on their annual SA to DC trips, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  "It was an honor to get to know Helen Thomas," former Greater Chamber President Joe Krier said.  "I called on her several times during my visits to Washington and she treasured the gift she received from the Chamber.  Her incisive comments and sharp sense of humor were two attributes of a living legend.  They truly don't make them like Helen Thomas any more.


  Long time Greater Chamber Communications Director Patti Larsen recalled Thomas as 'gracious and charming.'  She recalled taking a gift that the Chamber gave Thomas for speaking to the business gathering to her DC apartment.


  Thomas retired from Heart Publications in 2010 after making ill guarded comments to an Israeli web site that the Jews should get 'the hell out of Palestine.'


  Her career stretched from the administrations of FDR to Barack Obama, and one former White House Press Secretary recalled the questioning he received from Thomas as 'hell.'


  Thomas worked most of her career for the United Press International news wire service.