Carol (Marjory) Knepper Thompson


Carol (Marjory) Knepper Thompson

August 26, 1939 – May 19, 2010

Carol passed away peacefully at home on May 19th surrounded by her family, after a valiant one year fight with pancreatic cancer. Carol arrived in this world in a speeding ambulance in downtown Los Angeles, CA on August 26, 1939 the daughter of Garnet and Kenneth Knepper. Shortly after, her family moved to Bellevue, WA where she was raised with her siblings (Kenny, Bill, Marilyn, Winifred, Barbara, Shirley, David, Linda, Katy and Gayle). She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1957. On May 31, 1958 she married the sailor she was smitten with, Darrell Dore Thompson, at the Congressional Church on Northeast Eighth. Carol and Darrell began building their family a few years later and raised five wonderful daughters in Surrey Downs in Bellevue and then in 1976 relocated to Fall City so the they could all enjoy the country life. Carol then went on the earn a degree in “Home Management”, which secured her the position of CEO of the Family. The house was always filled with kids, friends, the scents of homemade food and limitless laughter. Outside the horses, dogs, kitties and bunnies roamed the grassy fields amongst Carol’s blossoming flowers. The clang of the back door was a constant as friends and family were always stopping by to be part of the loving home that Carol and Darrell created.

Over the years Carol dedicated her life to giving to others. She instilled in her girls the gifts of giving, helping and loving. You could always count on Carol to be there to help out. Carol and Darrell were avid travelers and took their children and grandchildren all over the country. She much preferred to travel in their motor home. Carol had a way of making it a “home” on wheels and logged many hours entertaining and welcoming her friends wherever they ended up. She enjoyed playing gin and other games with her friends, children and grandchildren. Carol had a natural creative ability and let is shine in all the numerous projects she took part in. She was a beautiful seamstress and loved to spend time in her sewing room creating and teaching her grandchildren to sew. Carol had the utmost respect for those who served our country and she possessed an unending patriotic spirit. One of her favorite sights was the American flag flying in the wind. Carol loved working in her gardens and spent countless hours making it a beautiful sanctuary. She took pride in the many rhododendren bushes she planted over the years and loved summer days sitting under her gazebo visiting with family and friends. Carol loved to ski with her girls, snowmobile with Darrell and their friends and she loved beachcombing and found great joy in finding stones shaped liked hearts.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Darrell; her five daughters Kim Thompson of Dana Point, CA, Kellie (Steve) Wagner of Sammamish, WA, Karly (Craig) Peiffer of Lansing, MI, Kami Curtis of Livermore, CA and Keri (Marc) Drewry of Seattle, WA, as well as her twelve grandchildren Christopher, Benjamin, Shawna, Matthew, Chris, Tayler, Eric, Claira, Brooke, Olivia, Audrey and  Natasha; her siblings, Bill (Arlene) Knepper, Marilyn (Bob) Geiger, Winifred Basquette, David (June) Knepper and Linda (Duane) Mischke; Sue Thompson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mom, we will miss your easy smile, the sparkle in your beautiful brown eyes and your warm embrace but please remember we will meet again at the Eastern Gate.

Family and friends are invited to a gathering to celebrate Carol’s life on Monday May 24, 2010 from 3:00-6:00PM at Beaver Lake Lodge, 25101 SE 24th Street, Sammamish, WA 98075.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to www.moyerfoundation.org/programs/CampErin.aspx.

11 Responses to “Carol (Marjory) Knepper Thompson”

  • coombs says:

    Life will not be the same without you. Our hearts are sad and heavy with grief. Our memories of FUN times will stay with us forever. Your smile and beautiful personality will light our future. We will never forget you. God Bless you and your family. Love is always and forever Ed and Margi Coombs

  • Donna (Knepper) Baker says:

    Although we had lost touch, I will never forget growing up around her and my cousins. I will always treasure those memories. It is a good reminder to not let life get in the way of staying in touch with family. My life is richer for having known her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Bill & Donna Baker

  • Connie Belceto says:

    I will miss you so much,you will be in my heart
    and memory always, thank you for watching over
    me, and looking down on me every night!
    You helped me through this past year.Thank you dear
    friend.Love Connie

  • Karly says:

    Mom I miss you sooooo much. You are the VERY VERY best!!! Thank you for everything you taught me.

  • Annie says:

    . . . you made me feel like another daughter . . . God bless you w/ peace . . .and thank you for touching my life 🙂 Annie

  • Jean Kuykendall says:

    Even though I knew you for only a few days of your life, it was obvious what a beautiful spirit you had.
    Rest in peace, dear Carol.

  • Jennifer Koester says:

    I know it has been forever since I last saw you, but I can still remember your always smiling face! You were always full of joy! You will truly be missed!

  • Tammy Hendrickson says:

    Got your news in Nebraska, we will miss Carol in the FAIR Family, but we will have our great memories from the reunions.

    Best of thoughts for your family.

    Tammy Hendrickson(Broken Bow NE)

  • Renee Spence says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting and caring for Mrs. Thompson during treatment in Houston. Laura and my life will forever be changed by the love and kindness shown by her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Renee’ Spence IV nurse.

  • carla palos says:

    I am so sorry you and your entire family i met all your beautiful girls the flight attendant the enterior decoractor and i believe a student, as well as your husband, yor courage touched my heart i miss you and am sorry to hear of your passing but i know your with JESUS, GOD BLESS, (HOUSTON TX)

  • Natasha says:

    Grandma, you taught me everything from sewing to how to find the best heart-shaped rock. I have so many memories of you and your warm, embracing hugs! I will never forget you and all of your love! I love you soooo much!Tell next time, Natasha!

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