She was born August 3, 1920 in Newport Washington to Walter and Margaret Schwab.
Her mother died in child birth and her father died as the result of a horse accident when she was four.
At the age of one month Sheila was sent to McLean County Illinois to be raise by her paternal grandparents Fredrick W. and Mary Schwab on their farm five miles west of Bloomington.
In 1939 she married Eugene W. Thompson.
The couple moved to Pend Oreille County in 1947 to work a ranch left to Sheila by her parents.
The ranch had been saved for her by her uncle Fred Schwab, a well known Pend Oreille County pioneer.
Sheila and Eugene Thompson were married 51 years until Gene’s death in 1990.
One son, Wayne G. Thompson preceded her in death, dying in 1994.
She is survived by sons Stephen E. Thompson in Newport and John (and Susan) Thompson of Suncrest Washington.
She is also survived by grandchildren Angela (and John) Lynch of Black Diamond WA, Timothy (and Gena) Thompson of Priest River, Amy Schribner of Priest River, and Dan (and Misty) Thompson of Coeur d’ Alene Idaho, Robert Thompson, Rebecca (and Sean) Flachmeyer, Jamie (Nick) Todd, and Fiona Thompson, all of Spokane, and Georgia (Jack) Boles, in Columbia, Tennessee.
She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 1:00PM at the First Baptist Church of Newport.
Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport, Washington is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at sherman-knapp.com
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