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Dorothy D. Thomson

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Dorothy D Thomson Dorothy Daum Thomson of Moscow passed away on Sept. 22 at Good Samaritan Village, age 89. Dorothy was born on May 27, 1924 in Portland, Oregon, the second of six Daum sisters. She graduated from Oregon State University and subsequently earned a masters degree in Dietetics from Ohio State University. After World War II, she met Gil Thomson (a returning B-17 pilot) at Oregon State where he was enrolled in Wildlife Management. After completing their respective educations, they married and moved to California where Gil pursued a career with the State Department of Fish and Game. After five statewide transfers and the births of four children they settled in Mill Valley, California in 1960 to raise their family. She eventually returned to work as a dietician at the local hospital. In addition to her career in dietetics and raising a family, Dorothy helped build Liberty Ships during World War II. In California she worked as a substitute teacher, electrical draftsmen, and legal secretary prior to her dietetics career. She was active in many community organizations and famous for her organizational skills. Eventually the children left home, the dog died, and Gil and Dorothy retired in 1983. They enjoyed their retirement years, traveling to visit their children and to explore 49 states and many foreign countries. After Gil died on his 85 birthday in 2005 Dorothy moved to Moscow to be close to two of her children and their families. She moved into Good Samaritan Village in Moscow in 2006. She enjoyed the many residents and the wonderful staff she came to know there. She is survived by four children - Bill Thomson (wife Wendy) of Moscow, Emily Fredenburg (husband Jim) of Troy, ID, Bruce Thomson (wife Phyllis) of Albuquerque, NM and Andrew Thomson (wife Mary) of Meeker, CO. She also has 8 grandchildren aged 27 to 32 and 6 great grandchildren. She has four living sisters, Miriam Selby of Dallas, OR, Marjorie Columbus of Portland, OR, Audrey Waldorf of Tacoma, WA, and Patty Montgomery of Portland, Oregon. An older sister Barbara Merklin passed away in 2004. A service to honor her life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Good Samaritan Village at 4:30 PM. Donations in memory of Dorothy may be made to Good Samaritan Village in Moscow. Arrangements have been entrusted to Short's Funeral Chapel Moscow, Idaho and on-line condolences may be made at www. shortsfuneralchapel.net.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Sept. 25, 2013
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