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Obituary for Nancy Lea Thompson
Nancy Lea Thompson passed away at her home in Brookings surrounded by her family on May 25, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 72. Nancy was born September 22, 1940 in Iowa City, Iowa to Clarence and Betty (Townsend) Stritt. The family moved to Oregon in the early 50's and lived in Langlois. Nancy married and eventually moved to Brookings. In 1979, she moved to Hawaii and ran the accounting department of a large company while attending college night classes for 5 years earning 3 degrees in the accounting and management field. While in Hawaii she enjoyed many adventures such as kayaking in exotic places, hiking, traveling to the other islands and living in her home with an incredible island view. After retiring in 2006, she moved to Brookings to care for her mother Elizabeth Kee until she passed away in 2008. Nancy enjoyed weekly walks on the beach, attending local theater performances and spending time with her furry devoted companion Kitty Cat. She loved the scent of the wild azaleas on her strolls while visiting friends John and Zee Yost, (former husband and her daughter's loving stepmother.) Additionally she deeply appreciated the beauty of the numerous mature rhododendrons surrounding her home and the palm tree out front that brought her Hawaiian paradise with her to Oregon making it one of the most beautiful places on earth in her opinion. Nancy was very grateful to have her brother David and sister-in-law Nancy so close and always lovingly supportive. She cherished her visits, daily emails, and phone calls from her daughters, and frequent communication from family and friends near and far. Nancy will be forever missed and in their hearts. Survivors include her daughters, Tammy Sue Yost of Beaverton and Joni Lynn Yost of Brookings, grandchildren, Nicole, Jamie, Branden, Jessica, and Ashley, great grandson, Kyle, brother and sister-in-law, David and Nancy Brown of Brookings, sister Delores Spencer of San Leandro, CA. Nancy was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary and Marjorie, brother, Richard, and her Parents. At her request, no public ceremony will be held. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.