Sandy passed away on February 1, 2018, just a few weeks short of her 84th birthday. She was born in Wausau, WI on February 19, 1934.
When Sandy was about two years old the family moved to Minneapolis, MN where she was raised. Following her graduation from Edison High School in 1951, she went to the College of Medical Technology and later worked as a lab/X-ray technician. Sandy moved to California in 1954, living with an aunt and uncle for about a year before moving to Alameda, CA, where she met her husband of 54 years, S.E. (Bucky) Thompson.
Sandy and Bucky both loved dancing. They met at a ballroom in Oakland, where Bucky was soon to be discharged from the Navy. They were married on March 19, 1955 in Oakland and immediately following moved to Walla Walla, WA. During their married life they lived in Walla Walla, the Seattle area, Spokane and Wenatchee, eventually retiring in Spokane.
As dubbed by Bucky, Sandy was the “world’s greatest volunteer”. Her life revolved around service to others, first and foremost, her family. When she wasn’t supporting her children and grandchildren in their various activities, you could find her volunteering at her church in a variety of ways, serving on the auxiliaries of both Valley and Deaconess Medical Centers, as a Spokane Lilac Festival Chaperone and in her local P.E.O. chapter as well as on the state board of P.E.O.. Both Sandy and Bucky left a legacy of volunteerism with their children.
In addition to her volunteer work, Sandy was creative by nature. She loved sewing, doing crafts and flower arranging. Her home was always decorated for the season or the most current holiday, even the not so significant ones! She loved to entertain and was a gracious hostess.
Following Bucky’s death, Sandy became friends with her neighbor at Riverview Retirement Village, Dr. Hampton Irwin, and they eventually married in September 2013. During their brief marriage, Sandy and Hampton enjoyed traveling both domestically and abroad. Dr. Irwin passed away in the fall of 2015.
Sandy was preceded in death by her husband, Bucky, and her parents, Clarence and Sophie Pearson. She is survived by daughter, Debbie (Chuck) Zimmerman; son, Mark (Cindy) Thompson; four grandchildren: Bryan (Heather) Zimmerman, Brandon (Korina) Zimmerman, Sean (Ashleigh) Thompson and Shanna Thompson; and five great grandchildren, Dylan, Reagan, Brooklynn, Sloan, Nash. Extended family: Lisa Zimmerman of Sunnyvale, CA; Charlie and Sandy Zimmerman of Spokane (Brett, Lindsey, Blake); Geoff & Crystal Zimmerman of Lacey, WA (Noah, Kinley, Mary); Sharon & Roger Erskine of Mesa, AZ (sister and brother-in-law); three nephews and three great-nephews and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church, 4102 S. Crestline, Spokane, WA 99203.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Brookdale Nine Mile for their tender and loving care of Sandy over these past two years.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to: Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church, 4102 S. Crestline, Spokane, WA 99203 or Hospice of Spokane, 121 S. Arthur, Spokane, WA 99202.
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