November 25, 1922 – August 9, 2019
Irene Rebecca Thompson, 96, passed away peacefully Friday morning, Aug. 9, 2019 in Ritzville, Washington.
Irene was born November 25, 1922 to Thomas and Eva McArthur in Duluth, Minnesota. She had three younger siblings Daisy, Charles and Vera, all of whom preceded her in death.
She married Arnold Thompson on Aug. 11, 1944 in Culver, Minnesota. They were blessed with five children, living most of their married life in Hatton, Washington. After Arnie’s death in 1987, Irene moved to Othello and later to Moses Lake, where she resided over 15 years, until her last few months.
Irene was always a studious person, graduating valedictorian for her high school class. She graduated business college and always worked in the secretarial field. Many people knew her from Chef Redy and McCain Foods in Othello.
She enjoyed cooking, canning and collecting owls. She could crochet in her sleep and was always giving those treasures away. Irene was a sharp cribbage and pinochle player and loved spending time with family and friends.
Irene is survived by two sons Jim Thompson (Jenny) of Moses Lake and Joe Thompson (Carol) of Washtucna. She loved dearly her 13 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and every one of her “bonus” grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews. She leaves many other family members and friends who will miss her kindness, hospitality and gentile spirit.
She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings and husband as well as her eldest son Dennis Thompson, two daughters Marjorie Erdman and Lucy Haisch, two granddaughters Mikki and Sydney Erdman and her longtime friends Ruth Brown and Orville Thompson.
A memorial service is being planned in September. Arrangements are under the care of Stevens Funeral Chapel in Othello.