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Marie Thompson



Marie Thompson, age 78, longtime Sunnyside restaurant owner passed away on Dec. 10, 2013 in The Dalles, Ore.

Marie was born Oct. 23, 1935 in Evening Shade, Arkansas, the daughter of Archie and Eula (Bacon) Whitlock. She received her elementary education in Arkansas. In 1973, Marie began her career in the restaurant business in managing a restaurant in Klamath Falls, Ore.

On Feb. 15, 1975 she married Jim Thompson in Richland, Wash. From 1978 to 1985, she and Jim operated Thompson's Asparagus Farm and from 1980 to 1985, operated J&M Janitorial. From 1985 to 2007, she owned and operated various restaurants including, Sunnyside Sales Yard Café, Toppenish Sales Yard Café, Farmers Inn Restaurant in Mattawa, Wash., Homestead Restaurant, Marie's Homestead Restaurant and Marie's Sod Buster Restaurant in Goldendale, Wash., and Marie's Country Restaurant in Sunnyside. She treated her customers as if they were her family not only cooking for them but sharing jokes, stories, heartaches and joys. Marie loved cooking, gambling, puzzle books and cherished time with grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Sonya Anderson (Jeff) of Sunnyside, three grandchildren, Ashley Anderson, Jakob Anderson and Darick Anderson all of Sunnyside, WA; three nephews, Corey, Shane and Troy; one sister Olene and one brother Oneal both of Arkansas. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Diane Damron of Yakima, Wash., best friend Denise Kozachenko of West Richland, and Nacho Lopez, who she treated like her son, and last but not least her dogs Rusty, Buddy and cats.

Marie is preceded in death by her parents, husband Jim Thompson and one sister, Dorothy Whitlock.

Viewing and visitation was held on Dec. 17, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, Wash. Those wishing to honor Marie's memory may contribute to the Yakima Humane Society. If you would like to sign her online memorial book you may do so at http://www.funeralhomesmith. com Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematory Sunnyside in charge of arrangements.


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