Iva M. Thompson, 87, of Harbor died November 8, 2007 of natural causes at her home surrounded by family.
She was born September 30, 1920 in Corvallis, Ore., to Earl A. Putman and Caroline Mary Paulson.
Mrs. Thompson graduated from Corvallis High School in 1938 and Oregon State College in 1942 with a Bachelors' degree in Home Economics and Physical Education. While at Oregon State she was on the swim team and served as president at one time. She was proud to be a Beaver. She enjoyed going to high school and college reunions over the years.
She married her high school sweetheart, Walter Thompson, on September 24, 1941.
After college graduation, Mrs. Thompson joined her husband in owning and operating several lumber mills. The Thompsons moved to Harbor in 1951 and built and operated a mill on the site of the present Driftwood RV Park until 1966.
After selling the mill, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson built Driftwood RV Park which Mrs. Thompson managed until about 10 years ago. While managing Driftwood RV, she arranged BINGO and potlucks for the guests. She also taught a weekly craft class there. Her children's and grandchildren's homes and Christmas trees are decorated for the holidays with many of her creations. In addition to Driftwood RV, Mrs. Thompson and her husband also own Driftwood Estates and Driftwood Tack and Western Wear. She was affectionately known as the "Mother of Driftwood" by many who knew and loved her.
Mrs. Thompson and her husband have been honored as Grand Marshals of the Curry County Fair parade adn as Pioneer Citizens and later as Grand Marshals of the Azalea Parade. Mrs. Thompson helped establish and was co-chairman for several years of the Beachcomber's Festival. She made many pieces of art out of driftwood she found on the beach near the RV park.
She grew up in Corvallis and attended the Evangelical United Brethern Church. In Brookings, she was very faithful in raising her children in the First Baptist Community Church, serving as Sunday School teacher and on committees there.
She was a member of the Satellite Chapter Order of Eastern Star, the Daughters of the Nile and Brookings Emblem Club.
Survivors include her husband Walter, daughter Betty Bishop and husband Ed, son Roger and wife Loretta, daughter Janet Gerlach and husband Randy all of Harbor and daughter Sue Thompson and her husband Greg Hager of Scio, Ore., and her sister Pauline Cater and husband Ralph of Dallas, Ore. She is survived by grandchildren Debbie Coran, Rick Brooks, Tami Doig, Molly Wallace, Eric Thompson, Amy Garnier, Tiffany Wann, Chelsea Harms, Sarah Bell, Matt Gerlach and Cameron Bell. Also surviving are 21 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her infant daughter Gloria Ann, her sister Bessie Perkins and brother Zerl Putman.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 12 at the Trinity Lutheran Church with pastor Gordon Myrah officiating. Graveside services followed at Ward Memorial Cemetary, and the family hosted a reception afterwards at Driftwood Estates Clubhouse on Driftwood Lane in Harbor.
Memorials may be made to the Oregon State University Foundation, 850 SW 35th St., Corvallis, OR 97333 in memory of Iva.
Arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel.