Obituary of Jessie Thompson
Jessie Elizabeth Thompson was born to Helen and Walter McKinney on March 5, 1928. She attended Live Oak Elementary, Branciforte Jr. High and Graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1945. She majored in Science at the University of Pacific and Accounting at San Jose State.
As a stay at home Mom, she was a Cub Scout den mother, a Brownie leader and a 4-H Community leader. She was quite busy with her children. She walked many miles asking people of Soquel to support School bonds. She was PTA board member at Bayview, Soquel, Mar Vista Elementary and Soquel High School.
She was past president of Junior League of Santa Cruz, Board member of the Y.W.C.A., also a volunteer for Dominican Hospital. After the new Dominican Hospital was opened, she was a board member and Treasurer. She also was the publisher of the Pinafore Patter for many years. She worked for nine years at the County Office of Education in the accounting department.
After retiring in 1980 and moving to Lakeport, CA, she helped her husband Emmett on their cattle ranch. They joined the Clearlake Horseman's Association and rode trails in the Mendocino National Forest, Trinity Alps and the high Rocky Mountains.
She loved her horses and sure-footed mules climbing through the high mountains with spectacular views. She wrote and published the Clearlake Horseman's monthly newsletter for two years. She was on the Grand Jury of Lake County and served as the Literacy Consultant for the Red Cross in Lakeport.
She loved having her grandchildren visit the ranch during the summer. They enjoyed picking and identifying flowers of the region, horseback riding, fishing and even moving watering pipes.
Some of the other things she enjoyed doing when not with the grandchildren, she painted in oils, scenes from their mountain top home. She was very fond of weaving rugs or wall hangings for friends and family.
Returning to Scotts Valley in 2002, she and Emmett volunteered at Grey Bears delivering brown bags to the needy. She cared for her husband, Emmett until his death 2006.
She was a volunteer at the Santa Cruz High School Alumni Office and enjoyed lunches with old friends and Santa Cruz Women's club members. She was an avid bridge player and puzzle solver. She loved the San Francisco Giants, even when they were losing. She would keep track of all the new players and she could tell you all about their strong suits and weaknesses.
She leaves behind her son Bill Thompson and his wife Joanne, daughter Susan Mello, son Stephen Thompson and his wife Kelly. Six Grandchildren, Kristin Bish, Jacob Thompson and his wife Jessica, Mistie Wilson and her husband Rick, John Mello and his wife Tish, Spencer and Hunter Thompson. She also leaves behind her cherished Great grandchildren Nathan and Alyssa Bish, Jace and Jett Thompson, Victoria and Shane Wilson, Allison and Andrew Mello. Also niece Martha Dunn and nephew Kevin Mee.
She was proceeded in death by her husband Emmett, brother Walter McKinney, sister Marion McKinney Mee, her parents Walter and Helen McKinney, and Great grandson Christopher Wilson.
Per her wishes, services will be private. Donations may be made in her name to Hospice of Santa Cruz County, 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA. 95066.
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