In Memory of
January 24, 1917–December 30, 2018
Rosamond Thompson, born Florence Rosamond Marshall on January 24, 1917, passed away peacefully with her family on December 30, 2018, at the age of 101. Rosamond was one of seven children born to James Robert Marshall and his wife MayBelle Shaw, in Monroe, Iowa. Rosamond was a free spirit and came to California in 1940 to make a life for herself and pursue her love of flying. She did her first solo flight in 1941, two weeks prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Rosamond then went to Nevada where she was able to complete her flight training, joining the Civil Air Patrol and the women pilots organization “Ninety-Nines” in 1949.
After marrying Eugene Thompson in 1946, Rosamond settled in Fort Bragg, California and with her husband established the Noyo Ice Company, the first icehouse in Noyo Harbor, building it from the ground up. In 1962, Rosamond moved with her daughter Helen to Cleone and ran the Noyo Ice Company until 1976 when it was sold to the Grader family. Following this, she opened Country Antiques at Cleone, adjacent to Margie’s Pie Place. This allowed her to make frequent trips back to Iowa to replenish her shop and visit loved ones. Rosamond lived in Cleone for the remainder of her life, enjoying frequent visits from family and friends to her “sanctuary by the sea.”
Rosamond is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Clifford Thompson, and her only child, Helen “Holly” May (Thompson) Polk. She is survived by her her son in law, Raymond Polk, her 3 grandchildren, Rene (Polk) Hohls, Shaanette (Polk) Frederiksen, and Ty Polk, and her 4 great-grandchildren, Lauren and Erich Hohls, McKenna Frederiksen and Andrew Polk.
Interment for Rosamond, along with her daughter Helen, will take place Friday, June 28, 2019, at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi, California with a reception following.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate their lives will be held Friday, July 5, 2019, at her former residence in Cleone.