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Lila Jean Thompson Thomas DARNTON


1928 - 2016 Notice Condolences
DARNTON, Lila Jean Thompson Thomas Died February 10, 2016 in the loving care of her daughters at her home in Spring Lake Village, Santa Rosa, at the age of 87. She was born to Alonso and Effie Thompson in Puyallup, Washington on April 26, 1928. She grew up in Ellensburg, Washington and graduated from Central Washington State College. She married Hugh Milton Thomas in 1950. They settled in Olympia, where their daughters Kathryn, Kerry, Kristine, Kimberly, and Kelly were born. She was active in Eastern Star and in the First Baptist Church. In 1962 the family moved to Oakland, California where she actively supported her daughters in Job's Daughters and attended Montclair Methodist Church. In 1990 she married Peter Darnton, a member of the same church in Oakland. Together they continued the travels Peter loved, visiting Great Britain, Italy, and Alaska. They enjoyed visiting all the California Missions. Lila and Peter moved to Spring Lake Village in Santa Rosa in 1997. She and Peter attended over 70 Elderhostel classes on diverse subjects. Together they excelled at duplicate bridge tournaments. Lila taught elementary school for over 30 years. She earned a PhD and was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa. Lila loved music and was an accomplished soloist and pianist. She was especially proud of singing the Washington state song before Sen. John F. Kennedy. She directed many church and school choirs, award-winning choirs in Job's Daughter state competitions, and the Spring Lake Village choir. After her retirement in 1988 she became an avid quilter and made dozens of quilts for family, friends, and charities. She was an avid reader and reviewer of books. She also kept abreast of current events and read two newspapers daily and completed the crossword puzzles. Lila was preceded in death by husbands, Hugh Thomas and Peter Darnton; and daughter, Kristine Gray. She is lovingly survived by four daughters: Kathryn Arthur, Kerry Doyaga, Kimberly Byram (Jack), Kelly Duffek (Michael); brother, Robert Thompson; twelve grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; as well as two sons: Eric Darnton (Sharon), Lane Darnton (Lynn); four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren by marriage. A Memorial Celebration of Lila's life will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Spring Lake Village Chapel, 5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa, CA. In Lila's memory, contributions may be made to Operation School Bell of the Assistance League of Sonoma County, 5 West 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 94501.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2016
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