Lavanda M. Thompson, 80, of Sunnyside our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went to be in the arms of her Savior on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at Yakima Regional Hospital.

Lavanda was born Feb. 24, 1929 in Burley, Idaho, the daughter of Edward L. and Emma P. (Hildabrand) Coder. Lavanda received her education in the Lower Valley.

On Oct. 4, 1948 she married Cecil Thompson in Sunnyside. The Thompson family moved throughout Washington state following Cecil's construction jobs, but primarily made Sunnyside their home.

Lavanda's family was her first priority.

She enjoyed cooking for family gatherings, canning, sewing, ceramics and playing pinochle. Lavanda loved watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in sporting events. In her spare time she took time to watch a few soap opera's.

Lavanda is survived by the love of her life and husband of 61 years, Cecil Thompson; one son, Mel Thompson (Cindy) of Sunnyside; two grandchildren, Jeff Thompson (Glenda) of Oregon City, Ore. and Kim Dawson (Kevin) of Ellensburg; five great-grandchildren, Chelsae, Riley, Kourtland, Jalen and Ellison; two sisters, Pearl Stelling of Sunnyside and Mamie Nash of Sunnyside; three brothers, Ernest Coder and Gene Coder, both of Yakima and Bill Coder of Las Vegas, Nev.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Laurence, Edward and Aurel Coder; and one sister, Sarah Coder. Viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to sign Lavanda's online memorial book may due so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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