JACKIE WALLS THONN

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JACKIE (JACQUELINE) WALLS THONN Einan's at Sunset On April 24, 2016 after a brief illness, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, Jackie Thonn passed into the arms of her loving Savior surrounded by her family. Born on June 18, 1942 to Jean Moore Walls and Fred E Walls, Jackie grew up in Port Orchard, WA, and graduated from South Kitsap High School. Majoring in Education (K-12), Psychology, and Speech Therapy at Central Washington University, she graduated ready to teach kids struggling in school. She worked as a home and hospital teacher for the Richland School district (7 Years) until she married David T. Thonn in 1972 and had two beautiful daughters. In 1979, Jackie found a new way to reach kids, starting Thonn's Bike Corral at her home in W. Richland. With new and used bikes, she helped parents find bikes for kids. She trained teenagers how to build and maintain bikes, and helped them to further their education. She was a fixture at the BMX track where she was the cheerleader and pit crew for her daughters on race day. Jackie helped start the movement to get helmets on kids at bike rodeos. After 14 years, she donated her bikes and tools to an outreach in Sunnyside for at risk youth. Jackie's passion for bikes was matched only by her love of art. Using pastels, charcoal, oil, or watercolor, Jackie used her art to express herself. She was a skilled fisherman and cribbage player. She had many beloved pets through the years and kept the neighborhood birds fed. Jackie was an entrepreneur, pioneer, and a follower of Christ. She was wonderfully unique, was deeply loved, and will be profoundly missed. She is survived by her father, Fred E. Walls, her brother, Fred L. (Fonda) Walls, her daughters Beverly (Massaro) Ueti of Pullman and Barbara (Jeff) Fehr of Chelan and 6 grandchildren: Anna, Sarah, Rebecca, Jimmy, Sammy, and Peter. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm at the Grange Hall at 44 S. 4th St. Burbank, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to BikeWorks.org (206)725-8867, or to a Arrangements by Einan's (www.sunsetgardens tricities.com). Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at www.einansatsunset.com
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Einan's Funeral Home, Inc.
915 By-Pass Highway
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 943-1114
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Published in Tri-City Herald from June 13 to June 15, 2016
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