Nancy Lea Thompson passed away May 25, 2013, surrounded by her family at her home in Brookings, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 72.
Nancy was born Sept. 22, 1940, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Clarence and Betty (Townsend) Stritt.
The family moved to Oregon in the early 1950s and lived in Langlois. Nancy married John Yost in 1956, and eventually moved to Brookings. She moved to Hawaii in 1979 and ran the accounting department of a large company while attending college night classes for five years, earning three degrees in the accounting and management field. While in Hawaii she enjoyed many adventures such as kayaking in exotic places, hiking, traveling to the other islands and living in her home with an incredible island view.
After retiring in 2006, she moved to Brookings to care for her mother Elizabeth Kee until she passed away in 2008. Nancy enjoyed weekly walks on the beach, attending local theater performances and spending time with her furry, devoted companion Kitty Cat. She loved the scent of the wild azaleas on her strolls while visiting friends John and Zee Yost, (former husband and her daughter's loving stepmother). Additionally she deeply appreciated the beauty of the numerous mature rhododendrons surrounding her home and the tall palm tree out front that reminded her of her Hawaiian paradise, making it one of the most beautiful places on earth in her opinion.
Nancy was very grateful to have her brother David and sister-in-law Nancy so close and always lovingly supportive. She cherished her visits, daily emails, and phone calls from her daughters, and frequent communication from family and friends near and far. Nancy will be forever missed and in their hearts, and her generosity and love remembered by all.
Survivors include her daughters Tammy Sue Yost of Beaverton and Joni Lynn Yost of Brookings; grandchildren Nicole, Jamie, Branden, Jessica, and Ashley; great-grandson Kyle; brother and sister-in-law David and Nancy Brown of Brookings; sister Delores Spencer of San Leandro, Calif. Nancy was preceded in death by her sisters Mary and Marjorie; brother Richard, and her parents.
At her request, no public ceremony will be held.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.