Sunie Lou Evans Thompson

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
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Sunie Lou Thompson, age 86, of Lewistown, Montana, was escorted by angels to attend our Lord’s banquet on Jan. 18, 2021. Her loving and devoted husband, Earl, was her most dedicated caretaker during her time of dementia. Her memorial will be June 19, at 1 p.m. on the Bob and Diana Thompson ranch in Whitlash, Montana. Sunie’s ashes will be spread at a later date.

Sunie came into this world Feb. 22, 1934, in Conrad, Montana, giving great joy to her parents, Warren Evans and Wilma Green Evans. She was raised in Shelby where she went to school and was an avid reader her whole life. Her goal in life was to be a ballerina until she met the love of her life, Earl Thompson and became a ranch wife raising four children. She was well known for her infectious laugh, which she gave to three of her children, while she gave the other child her words of wisdom to live by: I don’t wear ruffles or ties on the front of my blouse, it just gets in the soup.

Sunie and Earl were married May 31, 1950, and by fall Sunie had joined the Whitlash Community church and the Liberty County Home Extension club. She served as Sunday school teacher and superintendent until becoming ordained as an elder in January 1967. She and Fay Furnell set up the biggest church fund raising bazaar in the theme of the Arabian Nights, which was a huge success.

She was a lifetime member of the Whitlash Extension Club, serving in many offices and jobs.

Both Sunie and Earl were school board members, with Sunie as the clerk for many years on the Whitlash Elementary School board. Sunie spent many hours writing letters, on her manual typewriter, looking for a one-room school teacher.

Sunie Lou was a delegate to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA in Houston, Texas and San Diego, California in the late 70s. She represented the Synod of the Rocky Mountains, which contained all presbyteries in Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado, for the rural Whitlash church. In the mid 70s, Sunie was a trustee for the Chester High School,

In the mid 70s, Sunie was a trustee for the Chester High School, battling it out with another trustee over banning books in the school library.

Sometime in the late 80s she was a brand inspector for several years.

Sunie was the Liberty County drover for the Montana 1989 cattle drive to Billings over the Labor Day weekend, with Earl accompanying as her cowboy.

In 1991, Sunie was the president of the Montana State Cattle-Women, serving through the offices of vice-president, president-elect and president.

After their 50th wedding anniversary the folks moved to Lewistown to retire.

Sunie just found different organizations to join. She became heavily involved and well-known with the First Presbyterian Church by helping organize their community Thanksgiving dinners.

She also worked tirelessly helping with rallies for the Council on Aging and anything else they needed.

Sunie is survived by her husband Earl of 70 years; daughters Dolores [Dave] Turner, Elaine [Royal] McClure, Carolyn [Bill] Schneider and son Bob Thompson [Diana]; brothers Dale [Linda] Evans and Mark [Linda] Evans. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, the delights of her lifetime. Sunie is preceded by her parents, sister Charlotte and grandson, Seth Turner. Condolences can be made to the Whitlash Community Church,

Condolences can be made to the Whitlash Community Church, Liberty Hall of Whitlash or Hospice.