Dr. Genevieve Snavely Thompson was born June 8, 1925, in Woodland, Calif., to Ervie and Florence Snavely. She spent her childhood in Woodland and Sacramento, and began college at UC Berkeley in 1943. In June of 1945 she left school to marry her fianc, Air Force Major Harriman Collins (Tommy) Thompson, who had just returned from active duty in Europe in World War II. The couple settled in Fullerton, Calif., eventually building the house where she would raise her three children and live for the next 39 years.
Following the birth of their third child, Genevieve returned to school, earning her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Whittier College and her master's degree from Claremont Graduate School. In 1963 she began teaching psychology at California Baptist College in Riverside. She taught at Cal Baptist until her retirement in 1990. In 1980 she received her Ph.D from United States International University in San Diego.
Shortly after her retirement in October of 1990, her husband Tommy died of heart disease. After 45 years of marriage, 39 years in the same home, and 27 years as a college professor, Genevieve was ready for new horizons and adventures. She moved to Medford, Ore., and became an elder at the Medford First Christian Church. She also spent several years as a volunteer victim advocate for the Jackson County D.A.'s Office.
In 2008 her health began to fail and she moved into Wynwood Assisted Living. She continued to be mentally alert and active, playing bridge with family and friends and enjoying news of the accomplishments of her grandchildren. She initiated hospice care in August of 2012, and passed away at home on the morning of September 15, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband Tommy and a daughter, Reverend Laurie Carlson. She is survived by another daughter, Cathy Thompson; a son, David Thompson; and four grandchildren.
A service in celebration of her life will be held Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. at the Medford First Christian Church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave.
Arrangements by Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Ore. www.litwillersimonsen.com