Mary Evelyn Draper Findlay Thompson, 87, of Idaho Falls passed away April 19, 2013 of causes incident to age. She was under the care of One Source Hospice and Fairwinds – Sandcreek Assisted Living Center.
Evelyn was born May 12, 1925 in Bingham Canyon, Utah, to Francis Marion Draper and Mary Wright Draper Lim. She graduated from Moreland High School.
She married Leonard Dee Findlay on Feb. 17, 1944 in Blackfoot. The marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple. Leonard passed away Feb. 20, 1960.
Evelyn lived in Blackfoot for 40 years. She worked as a secretary for Kerr & Williams while living in Blackfoot and for AEC at the site.
She married Jack Boyd Thompson on Jan. 11, 1964, for time in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They spent their lives together in Idaho Falls. Jack passed away Sept. 9, 2012.
Evelyn was a homemaker and mother to eight children, Linda, Brent, Kelly, Boyd, Paul, MaryEllen, Bill, and Jacklyn.
Evelyn was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in several callings including Relief Society president, stake and ward Primary, and stake and ward Young Women. Evelyn and Jack served in the Idaho Falls Regional Family History Center and as officiators in the Idaho Falls Temple. They served a full-time mission to the Toronto Canada LDS Temple from July 1993 to December 1994. She enjoyed reading, sewing, cooking, and her family.
Evelyn is survived by Linda (Steve) Williams of Blackfoot; Boyd (Maureen) Thompson of Mesa, Ariz.; Paul (Kathie) Thompson of Orem, Utah; MaryEllen Thompson of North Logan, Utah; William (Tracy) Thompson of Meridian; Jacklyn (Craig) Good of Idaho Falls; 31 grandchildren, 85 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandson;brother-in-law, Eddie Barrus of Idaho Falls; sister-in-law, Leola DaBell of Moreland; and sister-in-law Darlene Pool of Boise.
She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; her sons Kelly and Brent Findlay; four brothers, Arnold, Arvel, Jack, and Richard Draper, her sister, Norma Barrus, her stepfather Rulon Lim and seven stepbrothers and sisters.
.Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Idaho Falls LDS Grandview Ward, 1450 Mountain View Lane, with Bishop Travis Wilkins officiating. The family will meet with friends Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home, 273 North Ridge, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services.
Burial will be in Groveland Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com .