Jessie M. Thomson was born January 23, 1930 in Collinsville, IL. She passed peacefully at home on April 22, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Charles C. Thomson. Beloved mother to Charles Jr., Teresa L. Petty, and Shaylin A. Hudson. She worked for the Piner-Olivet school district for 25 years as a school bus driver. She and her husband raised pears, prunes, apples and walnuts, before turning to grapes and vineyards. She and her family were avid boaters and campers. She dearly loved the ocean and the mountains. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, which included grandchildren Richard Branesky, Melinda Petty, Jillian Sozzoni, Terra Hudson and Andrew Thomson. The family had a private gathering to celebrate her life.
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Published in the Press Democrat from May 9 to May 14, 2012