Willa Mae (Hill) Thompson was born in Bozeman, Montana, on September 22, 1918. She passed away peacefully on August 8, 2017, just short of her 99th birthday.
She spent her young years on the Flying D Ranch near Bozeman, where her father was employed. By age 13 both of Willa’s parents had died and she lived with an aunt and uncle while attending school.
She married Wayne Thompson in 1940 in Butte, Montana. By late 1951, Wayne was employed with the FAA in Alaska and Willa and her three young children joined him there. After 24 years of living and working in remote areas of Alaska, and raising their three children, Willa and Wayne returned to Montana in 1975 and took up residence in Victor.
Throughout her life, Willa remained the epitome of grace and she leaves a legacy of generosity, kindness and love to everyone who had the honor to know her. She was a woman of deep and abiding faith that never wavered. As her family continued to grow over time, Willa remained intimately invested in the love and support of each generation.
Her husband, Wayne Thompson, predeceased her in 1984. Willa is survived by her daughters, Maureen Durso of Stevensville, Montana, and Joy Casey (Dennis) of Puyallup, Washington; her son, Dan Thompson (Karen) of Victor, Montana; and her stepson, Gene Thompson of Norfolk, Virginia. She is lovingly remembered by nine grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Willa’s undying faith, radiant smile and sunny disposition will be forever remembered.
Friends and family are invited to gather at the Bitterroot Valley Church of the Nazarene, 803 South 5th St., Victor, Montana, on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m., for a celebration of Willa’s life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to consider a donation to the Bitterroot Valley Church of the Nazarene (bitnaz.org); or NewLife Ethiopia, PO Box 731783, Puyallup, Washington 98373 (newlifeethiopia.org).