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Darlene Marie Thompson
Darlene Marie Thompson, 76, passed away Friday, March 11, 2011, in Salinas, with her family by her side after a long battle with heart disease. She was born December 6, 1934, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She is the owner of Smokey Key Service and is a retired food services worker from the Alisal Union School District. She is an active member throughout her life in the following organizations; Boy Scout's, Girl Scout's of America, and the Lion's Club. She participated in the school PTA with her children and supported her grandchildren with school activities. She bowled many years with the Reno/Tahoe League at Salinas Valley Center Bowl. She enjoyed cooking for family gatherings, BBQ'ing, and loved celebrating the holidays throughout the year with family. She was also a big supporter of her husband's 42 years of military service. She enjoyed seeing her grandchildren grow up and was really excited for the soon-to-be birth of her first great-grandson, Austin Susidko. Darlene was preceded in death by her brother, Duane F. Schuster.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John "Smokey" Thompson of Salinas; two children, son Steven R. (Terry) of Salinas, daughter Kimberely (Ronnie) Rehn of Salinas; adopted son, Michael (Karen) McIntosh of Salinas; her loving grandchildren, Stephanie (Kyle) Susidko, Samantha Thompson, and Paige Marie Rehn, all of Salinas, Jessica and Erick of Newman.
She lived a very fulfilled life and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and other staff of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital with the care they provided throughout her long illness.
Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 19 at 11 a.m. at the Healey Mortuary Chapel, 405 N. Sanborn Rd. in Salinas. A reception will immediately follow funeral services at Smokey's house.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Darlene can be made to: Salinas Host Lion's Club, P.O. Box 1, Salinas, CA 93902, Attn: Dennis Miller/City of Hope or Salvation Army of Salinas, 2460 N. Main St., Salinas, CA 93906, Attn: Major Potter.
Arrangements entrusted to Healey Mortuary & Crematory, www.healeymortuary.com
Healey Mortuary and Crematory
405 North Sanborn Road Salinas, CA 93905
Published in The Salinas Californian from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2011