Sandra (Sanny) Thompson passed away on November 24, 2021 at Iowa River Hospice with her eldest son and dear friend at her side. She was a resident of The Willows of Marshalltown and lived several years at The Embers but spent most of her adult life with her husband, Don as one of the original homeowners on Orchard Drive in Marshalltown.
Sanny was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on July 15, 1932 to George and Maxine (Armstrong) Dennis. She attended Cottey College for two years and graduated from The University of Iowa with a BA degree in journalism in 1954. Sanny was a member of Chi Omega sorority and Theta Sigma Phi, a national honor society for women in communications. Following college Sanny was employed by Meredith Publishing Company as an advertising copywriter for Better Homes & Gardens. She also worked as a paraprofessional in the English department at Marshalltown High School, a position she enjoyed thoroughly while her three children attended high school.
On June 26, 1955 Sanny married Don Thompson and they resided in Marshalltown all their married life. The couple enjoyed being involved in the community which was an ideal place to raise their family.
Throughout her adult years, Mrs. Thompson was involved in United Way, The University of Iowa Women's Health Initiative, Girl Scouts, Meals on Wheels, the LT chapter of P.E.O., Amity, Hawthorne Club, Assistance League and the First Congregational Church. She was a political activist and a committed volunteer for local, state and national campaigns and served on the Iowa Campaign Finance Disclosure Commission.
Sanny was also an avid bridge player and enjoyed spending time with close friends in several bridge clubs over the years. She was extremely proud to be a longstanding member of the "Wednesday Bridge Club" for over 50 years in Marshalltown and valued her lasting friendships that came from their many hours around the card table.
Sanny is survived by her three children, Greg of Iowa City, IA, Lisa (Dean Bentley) of Tiburon, CA and Brad (Amanda) of Amelia Island, Florida and five grandchildren, Davis Bentley, Ander (Kirsten) Thompson, Margaux Thompson (Daryel Eduardo Llerena Santos), Alec Thompson and Taylor Bentley.
Memorials may be sent to the First Congregational Church, Iowa River Hospice or the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA. Sanny's family is planning a memorial service for spring or summer of 2022 during Sanny's favorite time of year.
Anderson Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com
Sanny and I lived a couple of blocks apart on Maple St. in Centerville. We were both in the Centerville High School class of 1950 and shared many memories of Girl Scout Troop 6, Jr. High and High School and even lived about 2 blocks from her in Des Moines when she first went to work for Meredith Publishing. She was so fun loving, so intelligent, so willing to join in any activity we had. She was a pleasure to be around. A beautiful person inside and out. She will certainly be missed by her family and long time friends like me. So Sad to lose her.
Sanny - I will miss you so much. You were my best Centerville, IA friend. We met in 6th grade and shared many adventures together throughout our lives. You were a Thomas Dewey Republican and I was FDR. you were Dwight Eisenhower and I was Adlai Stevenson. And you were interviewed by Judy Woodriff on PBS- I was so impressed. I even married a man you dated. I love our memories together. And I love your children. Thank you for all those good times. I’ll never forget.
Sanny was a wonderful lady and always kind to our family. We will me miss her. always, Betty, Peggy & Walter Sunday.
So sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a good friend to my mom, aunt Mary, and our families. I hope you can take solace that she's no longer in pain. I believe I saw several of her paintings adorning the hallways at the Willows. I can see where you all go your creativity. Best wishes to the family.
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