Beryl Opal Thomasson - age: 72
(February 23, 1946 to March 22, 2018 )
Resident of Boonville, California
Beryl Opal Thomasson
1946 – 2018
Beryl Opal Thomasson, 72, passed away at home in Boonville, California surrounded by family on March 22, 2018. She lost a three-year battle with breast cancer. Her tenacity, strength and unwillingness to give up were undeniable.
Beryl was born in Havre, Montana to Edna and Burle of Rudyard, Montana. She was the first of two children although she had 14 half sisters and brothers. Beryl grew up in Rudyard, Montana where she worked in her mother’s restaurant and graduated from Rudyard High School.
In 1968 Beryl married Ruben Thomasson in Havre, Montana. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. In 1973 they moved to Boonville, California to help with the Thomasson family business. In 1999 Beryl and Ruben became owner/operators of the family business, Anderson Valley Market. Throughout the years in Boonville, Beryl had many interests. She volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician on the Anderson Valley Ambulance Service for 14 years and managed the ambulance service for several of those years. She was a current member on the Anderson Valley Senior Center board which she greatly enjoyed. She loved the Mendocino County Fair and Apple Show. She was a loyal exhibitor and won numerous awards in the gardening competition.
Beryl’s greatest joy in life was spending time with family and friends. She was an amazing mother, grandmother, wife and friend. Beryl lived for today and loved to have fun. She loved to be on the go…spending time with her grandkids, traveling with friends and attending local events. Her gift of gab, boisterous laugh and sense of humor will truly be missed. Beryl was very generous and genuinely cared about people. She also had a special fondness for all animals. Throughout her illness, Beryl continued to do what she loved and that was greeting customers and visiting with locals at the A.V. Market.
Beryl is survived by her husband Ruben, daughters Candace Gibbs (Robert), Jennifer Schlafer (Jeff) and son James Thomasson, grandchildren Stacey Huron-Thomasson, Robert Gibbs III, Matthew Schlafer, Trevor Schlafer and two granddaughters, Madison Schlafer and Coral Thomasson, due in April and July. She is also survived by sisters Penny Taylor, Edna Jones and Doris Welch and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Please join the family for a Celebration of Life potluck luncheon on Sunday April 8 at 12:00pm at the Senior Center Veteran’s Hall, 14470 Highway 128 Boonville, California.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Anderson Valley Senior Center, P.O. Box 591 Boonville, CA 95415.