Obituaries & Tributes

Iris ‘Patricia’ Thomson

Longtime resident of Vida, Oregon, Iris ‘Patricia’ Thomson, 79, passed away May 17, 2020. Patricia was born to parents L.G. and Ruth Holeman on Nov. 20, 1940. She has three sisters, Margaret Harbick and Karen Rodgers, both of Vida, and Blanche Tadlock of Sisters, Oregon.

After attending McKenzie High School Patricia married Ira York Thomson Jr. in 1961, who preceded her to heaven earlier this year. They have two children; son, Ira York Thomson III (Hollie) of Hamilton, Montana and daughter, Jeannette Thomson of Vida.

Patricia enjoyed taking trips to the coast with her sisters, working outside and making good use of the abundant produce from her and York’s garden by canning and freezing yearly. Patricia was a great caretaker for the neighbors’ pets when they were traveling. She loved giving gifts of her crochet towels and she was famous for her strawberry cake. 

In her younger years, Patricia and York enjoyed trail maintenance for the forest service. Another favorite time was going with York for a Sunday drive in the backwoods. They liked picking wild berries to make jams, jellies and being able to see all the wildflowers, her favorite being a Lady Slipper.

Patricia will be missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her son, York III, and daughter-in-law Hollie; daughter, Jeannette; grandchildren, Sarah Harris (Bobby), Paul Bell, Joseph Thomson and Naomi Thomson; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Margaret, Blanche and Karen; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Leaburg.

Services are in care of Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. Visit to sign the online guest book. 



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