Beverly Thompson began her next and greatest adventure, passing away November 29, 2020 in Spanish Fork, UT. She will be remembered most for making those around her feel special, having a grateful heart and a cheerful disposition, her inherent satisfaction with the simple things, her youthful and playful nature, and being the best ping-pong-playing Grandmother around.
She lived by this creed: “Try to get as much out of every day as you can. Enjoy where you are!” And she did exactly that.
Lola Beverly Atwood was born in Murray, Utah on February 4, 1929 to Guy Hammond Atwood and Melba King. She grew up in Marysvale, Utah, but her independent nature and thirst for adventure led her to strike out on her own. She traveled north on what she later wrote was her Alaskan Odyssey, and there she met the love of her life, Arthur (Jack) Thompson. The couple married on February 9, 1952 and together continued the adventure moving from Alaska to Florida and back to Alaska. They finally settled in Ashland, Oregon in “the house that Jack built” overlooking the Rogue Valley. Along the way, their family grew to include two daughters, Jan Thompson and Terry (Stuart) Newton, 5 grandchildren, and 17 1/2 great-grandchildren.
The most important things in Beverly’s life were her family, church, service, travel, music, art, and education (even attending college in her late 40’s just for fun). She faithfully attended and served in church, enjoying most, the opportunity she had to teach a class of 11-year-old boys. Beverly also loved to write and published many articles and stories about her adventures.
The family wishes to thank Beverly’s second family at Legacy Assisted Living in Spanish Fork, UT and Brio Hospice caregivers for their tender and loving care.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to Primary Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or share a bouquet with a friend, neighbor, or stranger in Beverly’s honor.