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On Saturday August 22, 2020, Vivian Thompson of Oakdale, California passed away at the age of 67. She died of natural causes while at home with her family.
Vivian was born in Los Angles but was raised in Oakdale since she was 3 years old. She attended Oakdale schools and graduated in 1971. She enrolled in MJC and transferred to Chico State where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
She returned to Oakdale and re-entered MJC to pursue her Registered Nurse Degree and her Mobil Intensive Care Nurse license. She had joined Oak Valley District Hospital at the age of 13 as a Candy Striper. After graduation she began a long career with the hospital as an Emergency Room Nurse and quickly advanced to the Nurse Manager for the Emergency Department. She loved the intensity of emergency services and often working 2 full time jobs including EMT for the local ambulance service, taught EMT classes at MJC and worked side by side with a wide variety of first responders. She retired from OVHD in 2014, but could not leave her great love of helping people. She went to work for Community Hospice from 2014-2019 as a Triage Nurse. She was able to continue using her great skills of supporting patients and families through the end stages of life. She retired from Hospice in 2019 and went into retirement looking forward to travel and adventures with her loved ones.
Vivian had a passion for people which was evident by her career choices and the extended family of relatives and friends from every walk of life. She loved needle point, cooking, travel, time with loved ones, community service, tie die clothing, fur-babies, the beach, helping others to enjoy life and toast for breakfast. Her compassion shone brightest when she helped people to see the hope in what they thought was a hopeless situation. She was loved and revered by many whose lives she influenced as she mentored them into the world of health services. She tended to many wounded bodies and souls where every time she gave the best of herself. She opened her heart and her home to all who needed sheltering, love or old fashion nurturing. Her spirit is carried on by all those who love her.
Vivian was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Joan Thompson. She is survived by her sisters Vickie and Valrie Thompson, cousin Andrea Shipley and Andrea’s children Icea, Donald and Eva, her Aunt of Choice Mickey Peabody, Grandsons of Choice Gage and Ty Holzum, many god-children, her hospital family and her brothers and sisters from the medical world.
A celebration of life will be held in the future when her family and friends can all gather in a healthy way at the home she built for parties and events.
Donation may be made to: Astro Foundation (pet rescue), PO Box 457, Oakdale, CA 95361. 209-604-2649

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Sept. 9, 2020