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SULA B. THOMPSON

SULA B. THOMPSON Sula B. Thompson, long time resident of Apple Valley passed away at home on November 1, 2012 with her son and daughter at her bedside. Sula, 88 years old, was born in Tulia, Texas on August 28, 1924. She was preceeded in death by her first grandson, Jason Scott Gay, June 21, 1986, daughter Carol Jean Lieby, June 20, 2012, and her husband of 68 years, James A. Thompson on August 14, 2012. Sula was born to Walter and Helen Brown. Of their six children, Sula was the last surviving sibling. Sula came to California after graduating from high school in Happy, Texas. She joined her two sisters in Inglewood, California to work at Northrup Aircraft to help with the war effort. It was at Northrup Aircraft that she met her husband to be, Jim. They married in Los Angeles March 25, 1945. Several years after their marriage, they moved to Palmdale, California, where Jim worked for R.C.Milling Company and learned the business of raising turkeys. Sula was a housewife and cared for their two young daughters. They moved to Summit Valley where they leased a 155 acre ranch and started raising turkeys commecially until 1954. The Thompson's homesteaded land in south Apple Valley where they built their home and ranch while increasing the turkey production every year. In 1956, their son was born. Sula took on a large portion of the turkey operation, as well as being a housewife and mother. In 1965, the Thompsons diversified and started raising onions, alfalfa, and carrots to better utilize their land. They retired from farming in 1984 and enjoyed many road trips throughout the United States. The best part of their retirement was being surrounded by family, while being with each other. Jim and Sula were a team, not to be separated, even in death. Sula leaves behind her daughter Rita Gay and son Jimmy Thompson II, his wife Lynn, and son-in-law Mike Lieby. Grandchildren Justin Gay (Shannon), Amy Ansnes (Jay), Mary Sue Leathers (Dean), Jenna Lieby (Phil), Jill Podsiad (Ryan), Josh Thompson (Heather), James A (J.T.) Thompson III, thirteen great grandchildren, numerous nieces & nephews. To all she was a wonderful, Loving Grandma. A memorial service and reception, paying tribute to her life, will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 12:00 noon at the Thompson Ranch. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you to donate to the in her or Carol's name.
Published in the Daily Press from Nov. 4 to Nov. 9, 2012
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