Carla Thompson |

Carla Thompson

According to her wishes, no public services will be held for Carla Samuela “Sammie” Thompson who passed away on Feb. 23 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with her son and husband by her side. She was 93.

Mrs. Thompson was born on Aug. 7, 1913 to Esther and Curtis Lile in Anderson. She was a fourth generation Californian.

Mrs. Thompson spent her childhood in many different California schools but graduated from Dos Palos High School in 1930. She loved secretarial work and left Fresno State University, before graduation, to work at the Fresno County Health Department.

On April 11, 1945 she married “Rudy” Thompson and joined him while he was on active duty in the Navy.

After returning to civilian life, Mr. Thompson found work at a hardware-sporting goods store in Roseberg, Ore. Mrs. Thompson immediately found a secretarial position in the local U.S. Forest Service office in Roseberg. The couple next moved to a dairy farm in Toledo, Ore., which Mr. Thompson and his cousin ran for an uncle. When Mr. Thompson entered Oregon State University in Corvallis on the “GI Bill,” Mrs. Thompson became secretary to the dean of Oregon State’s graduate school. After Mr. Thompson graduated, the couple moved to San Leandro and both found work with the school district. Several years after the couple retired, they moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Grass Valley.

Mrs. Thompson 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 recently, she was an active duplicate bridge player and a Senior Master with the American Contract Bridge League. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority while living in Fresno, Newport, Ore. and Corvallis, Ore. She was also a member to the California State Employees Association.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by her husband, Rudy of Grass Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Nancy of Suisun City; granddaughters and husbands, Donni and Steve Davidson of Bend, Ore. and Krista and Shayne Van Zeyl of Suiun City; and great-granddaughters, twins, Hailee and Courtney of Suisun City.

Arrangements are under the direction of Lipp and Sullivan Mortuary in Marysville.

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