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Carla Samuela Thompson " sponsored obit

Carla Samuela Thompson died Feb. 23, 2007 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with her son and husband by her side. At age 93, she was unable to overcome the pneumonia that had brought her to the hospital.

“Sammie” was a fourth generation Californian, born Aug. 7, 1913, in Anderson, CA to Esther and Curtis Lile. She had no brothers or sisters.

She is survived by her husband “Rudy” of Grass Valley, CA; son Gary and daughter-in-law Nancy of Suisun City, CA; grand daughter Donni and husband Steve Davidson of Bend, OR; and grand daughter Krista and husband Shayne Van Zeyl with twin great grand daughters, Hailee and Courtney of Suisun City, CA.



After spending her childhood and attending schools at many different locations in California, “Sammie” graduated from Dos Palos, CA. High School in 1930. She loved secretarial work and left college at Fresno State before graduation when offered secretarial employment in the Fresno County Health Department. She had been Secretary to Dr. Stein, the county’s health officer for a number of years at the time of her marriage, April 11, 1945. As her husband was still on active duty in the Navy, and in the process of being transferred to a new duty, in charge of crash boats at the Naval Air Station in North Bend, O.R., “Sammie” left her secretarial job to become a Navy wife.

As World War II was coming to an end and husband “Rudy” returned to civilian life, he found a job in a hardware-sporting goods store in Roseburg, O.R. and “Sammie” immediately found a secretarial position in the local US Forest Service Office. (Question: Did the fact that “Sammie” became pregnant while being a Forest Service employee have something to do with son Gary later following a career in the US Forest Service?)




Another move, this time to a dairy farm in Toledo, OR. “Sammie” was now a farmer’s wife, as her husband and his cousin ran the dairy for the uncle who wanted a vacation from the business. At this time “Sammie” acquired a new full time job, that of being the mother of a young son.

After several successful years on the farm it was time for a major decision. Should the “bread winner” take advantage of the “GI Bill” to move to Corvallis, O.R. to enter Oregon State College with the goal of becoming an Industrial Arts teacher? “Sammie” said, “go for it”! As her husband entered OSC, “Sammie” found a secretarial position in the Graduate School and soon became secretary to the Dean of Oregon State’s Graduate School. Four years later, as her husband received his degree, she also received a degree, a “PHT”, (Pushed Husband Through)!

As her husband was starting his new career in the San Leandro, CA School District, “Sammie” also found a secretarial job in the same school system. She became an elementary school principal’s secretary, a position she held until retirement, twenty years or so later. As a tribute to his long time secretary, that now retired principal still attributes a huge part of his successful career to “Sammie”. Several years after retirement in 1975, there was a move from the SF Bay area to Grass Valley, CA.

“Sammie” was a life member of the Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society and a Charter Member of Gulldalen Lodge, the Grass Valley chapter of Sons of Norway. Until recent years, she was an active duplicate bridge player and as a member of the American Contract Bridge League attained the rank of Senior Master. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority while living in Fresno, CA and later in Newport, OR, and again in Corvallis, OR. She was a member of the California School Employees Association.

Funeral affairs are under the supervision of Lipp and Sullivan Mortuary in Marysville, CA. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no public services for “Sammie”. Internment will be in a family plot in the Toledo, Oregon Cemetery at a time to coincide with a family reunion in June of this year.


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