Lois Maribah Irwin Thompson


October 10, 1921 - February 25, 2013

Lois Irwin Thompson of Chehalis, was born to Burton Winfred Irwin and Nelle Harlan Irwin in Hoquiam on October 10, 1921. She passed away on Monday, February 25, 2013, at Liberty Country Place in Centralia, Washington when God knew that she had fought with all she had in her and she was ready to go to be with Him and find rest.

The greatest joy in Lois’s life was love for her family. She never missed a chance to tell anyone about her children and grandchildren. It didn’t take much conversation to find out what a special relationship she had with them.

Lois grew up in Hoquiam, Washington and lived at 119 Karr Avenue her entire childhood. She attended Emerson Grade School and graduated from Hoquiam High School. The Karr Avenue home was the center of lots of love for family and exciting times for neighborhood children. It was where the neighbors came for popcorn parties, Girl Scout and Boy Scout meetings, to get ready for day hikes and all kinds of other fun activities. There was always room for one more and it is where the neighborhood kids gathered.

Lois had a beautiful high soprano voice and was often asked to sing solos for various community events. She sang on Saturday afternoons for entertainment before the movies started at the 7th Street Theater in Hoquiam, so she and her friends could get admission to the movies for free. She sang for the Governor of Washington when he attended a meeting in Hoquiam. She was the lead soprano singer in her high school choir and never gave up her love of singing. If you ask her grandchildren, they will tell you that when they would spend the night with her she would wake them up in the morning with her singing.

Lois attended Grays Harbor College and majored in Library Science. She never used her chosen vocation at that time but years later she became the librarian in Okanogan, Washington. It was a dream come true.

Lois met Marshall Thompson of Cadot, Wisconsin after his return from World War II and they were married. Not long after, he was drafted for the Korean War, so the family moved to Fort Ord, California. When they returned, they settled in Copalis Beach, Washington and lived there until 1966. During this time Lois was on the school board and was instrumental in helping with the consolidation of the North Beach School District. She received a special commendation from the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction for her work on this project.

Lois’s children always knew their friends were welcome anytime. Their friends remember having special chairs that they liked to sit in, eating popcorn and coming in to the house to the smell of fresh baked bread. Having taffy pulls was another fun event at the Thompson house. She was the Mom who organized the Christmas Caroling, the picnic or snowball fight. She was the room mother, the chaperone, and the driver if one was needed. She had more fun than the kids.

In 1966, Lois and Marshall moved to Okanogan, Washington. They bought land and planted an apple orchard. Lois worked side by side with Marshall, moving rocks, planting trees, moving sprinkler pipes and picking apples. It was a hard job, but they enjoyed it. They made wonderful friends there.

In 1986, they moved to Port Angeles. Both became busy helping a friend with his charter boats. It was a busy and fun life. They were up at 2 a.m. to get the boats out, and again they had wonderful neighbors and loved living there.

In 1997, Lois and Marshall moved to Chehalis near their children. After his passing in 1999, Lois needed to be busy, so she volunteered at the Twin Cities Senior Center. She went there every day for nine years, until the flood of 2007. She loved the friends she made there and the job gave her a purpose…

Lois is survived by her sons, Harlan and Charlotte Thompson of Centralia and Gary (and fiancée, Eliza) Thompson of Eugene, Oregon; daughter, Eileen and Jerry Owens of Napavine; grandchildren, Marshall, Amy, Nathan, Andrew, Dan, Heidi, Candace, Shawn and Shelly; fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Thompson; her parents, Burton and Nelle Irwin; and her brothers, Eugene Irwin and Harlan Irwin.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Destiny Christian Center, 414 N. Tower Avenue, Centralia, Washington with Pastor Bill Bates officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Twin City Senior Center, 2545 N. National Ave., Chehalis, WA 98532 or the Veteran’s Memorial Museum, 100 S.W. Veteran’s Way, Chehalis, WA 98532 in memory of Lois.