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Lapriel was born January 19, 1929 in the farm town of Shelly, Idaho. She went to be with her Lord and Savior December 27, 2012 in Everett due to complications from an arm fracture and pneumonia.
B. Lapriel Thompson
She is survived by her husband, Donn Thompson of 63 years; sons, Mark (Bonnie) of Auburn, WA and Richard (Roxanne) of Lake Stevens, WA; her grandsons, Richard II of Utah and Dominic of Auburn, WA; great-grandson, Daniel of Auburn; her sister, Oenone Kinman of Ellensburg, WA; brother, Bert Earley of Bryan, Texas; and many nieces and nephews throughout Washington and Texas.
Lapriel was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Elva Earley of Seattle; sister, Maxine Manderson, of Ellensburg; and brother, Bill of Seattle.
She graduated from Cleveland High Class of 1946, Seattle, where she gave the welcome speech.
Lapriel was one of five women to become the first bonified women volunteer firefighters in Washington State and Snoh. Co. Fire District 11 (Silver Lake).
Lapriel retired from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional office in Everett in 1982, after serving 20 years, where she earned several awards and commendations.
After retirement, Lapriel and Donn took to the open road full time rv'ing around the country, meeting and making many friends along the way traveling through nearly all 50 states, including Alaska. They saw Alaska from the water on a cruise and from the road, driving the Al-Can highway.
A gathering of friends and family to celebrate the life of Lapriel will be held this summer at the Pilchuck lot.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the Granite Falls Fire Department Charity or Equipment fund and/or the Lake Stevens Fire Department Aid Car/EMS fund.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Mar. 3 to Mar. 7, 2013