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Beverly Thompson

August 2, 2023


Beverly Jean Thompson was born on June 18, 1938 at a hospital in Bend, Oregon. Her parents were Frederick George Alley and Olive Agness Alley. Beverly was the third oldest of the couple's seven children. She and her siblings divided their time between the Midwest and Oregon. The family frequently worked as farm laborers in order to survive which led to them moving often as they followed the growing seasons for various crops. The family did settle down for an extended period of time in order to allow the children to attend school on a more regular basis. Beverly and her older siblings attended Gresham High School. Sadly, Beverly didn't get the chance to graduate since her parents chose to withdraw her from school during her sophomore year in order to enlist her help with her younger siblings since her own mother's health had become poor.

When Beverly was 18 she met her first husband Owen Lewis. After the two married they had a son, Keith, and a daughter, Deanne. The couple ultimately split up due to irreconcilable differences with Beverly retaining custody of the two children. Unfortunately, she was forced to give the children up for adoption after only a couple of years because her lack of education qualified her for only the lowest paying jobs. She never forgot her children and even attempted to locate them many years later to no avail.

Eventually, Beverly met her second husband Robert Kregar with whom she left the Portland area and moved to Eureka, California. Robert had a job in the printing department of The Times Standard newspaper while Beverly focused on being a housewife. The couple bought a very small family farm. There they grew vegetables and flowers while raising chickens and rabbits that they'd sell occasionally to their neighbors to supplement Robert's income. They had a daughter named Cindy Louise after being married for eight years. The family led a peaceful existence for a number of years before Robert fell into a deep depression which ultimately led to the couple's divorce. Beverly returned to Oregon with her daughter while Robert moved to Colorado where he died a couple of years later.

After her daughter grew up and went off on her own Beverly worked at a few places before landing a job with the Reynolds School District in the Rockwood area near Gresham. She worked there as an office assistant for the school's administration until her retirement in the early 2000s. It was also during this time that she met the love of her life Bill Thompson. After the couple married they made plans to depart Portland once Beverly was retired. They relocated to Richland in Baker County where they bought a house and settled into a quiet country life. They attended services at the Mormon Church in Halfway for a number of years where they made many friends. Both of them were quite happy and considered themselves blessed to be in such a beautiful area with such kind and down to Earth people.

Once Bill passed away in the fall of 2019 Beverly spent her time with her daughter Cindy and Cindy's husband Randy, both of whom had been living with her and Bill for a few years. One of Beverly's favorite rituals was watching older movies with her son-in-law Randy while Cindy was at work writing novels. Once again tragedy struck when Randy passed away in early 2022 due to complications from a stroke he'd suffered some years earlier. After that happened Beverly and her daughter led the lives of widows until Beverly's death on August 2nd. She is survived by her daughter as well as a niece and a nephew who requested to remain anonymous.

For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Beverly, may do so defray her service expenses through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834.  Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com

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