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Doris J. (Roberts) Thompson

August 16, 1939 ~ May 29, 2019 (age 79)
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Doris J. Thompson, age 79, passed away on May 29, 2019, from small-cell lung cancer, spending her last days surrounded by family. Doris Jane Roberts was born on August 16, 1939, in Alliance, Nebraska, to William Perry Roberts and Beulah Shirley (Bea “Peggy”) Willard Roberts. She moved to Nampa, Idaho, as a child, and was raised by her maternal grandparents, Roscoe and Lela Willard, attending South Side Boulevard school. In 1954, following the death of her grandmother, she moved to Mud Lake, Idaho, where she lived with her uncle and aunt, Faye and Sis Willard. Soon after her graduation, she married Leon E. Schwartz, and had three sons by the age of 21: Douglas Reed in 1958, Robert Mark in 1959, and Farin Dean in 1961. After Doris and Leon divorced, Doris married Floyd Thompson in Sunnyside, Washington, in 1977. They spent much time traveling, fishing, and taking trips to Jackpot prior to Floyd’s death in 1999.Doris had a strong work ethic, which began while working on her grandparents’ farm as a child and in her aunt’s restaurant in her teen years. She applied that work ethic to selling parts for International Harvester, beginning in 1974 at Snake River International in Terreton, ID. Doris went on to sell International parts in Twin Falls, ID, Sunnyside, WA, Pendleton, OR, Nampa and Caldwell, ID. Wherever she worked, she had a loyal following of farmers who trusted and admired her. Doris retired from selling parts after doing so for more than 25 years, but she didn’t stop working. For several years, she managed the West Pine Manor Mobile Home Park in Nampa. She also served for over a decade as Volunteer Coordinator, Vice President, President, and Board Member of the Nampa Civic Center Women’s Auxiliary. She was known for running a “tight ship” and admired for not pulling any punches if she felt something could be handled better, and for always being available to fill any gaps the schedule. Doris was also a very active member of the Nampa Senior Center and served in many capacities. She not only served the entrée daily for many years but would not hesitate to transport people to and from the center for lunch. She served as a board member for several years and at the time of her passing she was the President of the Board of Directors for the Nampa Council on Aging. She loved cards and games. You could generally find Doris at a card table on Wednesday’s and Friday’s and she was always at Bingo on Monday’s. She made many, many friends and told several of them that her “senior life” began when she got involved there. Doris attended Trinity Lutheran Church, and was very involved in church activities, including serving on the church council and on many different committees. Being in service to others was Doris’ gift to so many. She will be greatly missed by her friends and fellow members of the Trinity Congregation. One of Doris’ great joys was watching baseball. She had several teams that she watched but was known to be a super fan when it came to the Mariners. She knew all of the stats and planned many of her activities around the airing of those games. Doris’ ultimate joy in life was her family. She was immensely proud of each of her sons and their accomplishments, and that pride continued on in her grandchildren and their children. Her last words were assurances of her love, and the regret she felt for time missed in their lives. Doris is survived by sons, Bob (Tera) Schwartz of Moscow, ID, and Farin (Sheri) Schwartz of Boise, ID; daughter-in-law Diane Schwartz of St. George, UT; stepsons, Lyle Schwartz of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Bob Thompson of Sunnyside, WA, and Lee Thompson of Seattle, WA; grandchildren Audrey (Kasey) Davis of Logandale, NV, DJ (Ashley) of Las Vegas, NV, Mitchell (Audra) of St. George, UT and Taylor of Las Vegas, NV; Justin (Jacklyn) Schwartz of Logan, UT; Nik Schwartz of Moscow, ID, Tyson (Lana) Schwartz of Moscow, ID, Jordan Schwartz of Moscow, ID, Cole (Shannon) Schwartz of Boise, ID, Cami (Jeff) Rebmann of Fruitland, ID, Kiley (Mitch) Mulholland, of Meridian, ID; Chad Thompson of Sunnyside, WA, Melanie Thompson of Sunnyside, WA; 24 great grandchildren; sisters Fairy (Ervin) Wilkins of Twin Falls, ID and Ann (Kim) Wardwell of Boise, ID; brother Troy (Theresa) Upshaw of Kuna, ID; stepfather Oscar Rogers; numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, former husband Leon Schwartz; husband Floyd Thompson; brothers Bill Roberts and Ronald Roberts; son Doug Schwartz, grandson Michael Schwartz, and daughter-in-law Sandy Thompson. The family wishes to thank the ICU team at St. Luke’s Boise for the kindness and consideration that allowed Doris to pass with grace and dignity, while supporting her family through that difficult time. A celebration of Doris’ life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on June 24, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 8 South Midland Blvd., Nampa, under the direction of Nampa Funeral Home Yraguen Chapel. Flowers may be coordinated through the funeral home, or donations may be sent to the Nampa Senior Center, in care of Sam Atchley, Coordinator

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