Eagle River’s Simone Thomson died Nov. 12, 2012. She was 87.
Ms. Thomson was born in southwest France on June 18, 1925. She moved to Eagle River in 1966.
She came to Alaska to join her husband, Harry, who was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base.
Soon after her arrival, she taught kindergarten and first grade. Later on, she decided she wanted to be a Realtor. Ms. Thomson worked for more than 20 years for area Realtors.
Ms. Thomson loved to travel. She often said she missed all the people.
Ms. Thomson loved to garden, always sharing new plants and flowers. She was also a good beekeeper.
Ms. Thomson was an amateur painter, having received several ribbons for her oil paintings.
She was one of five friends who started the Arts and Crafts Club of Alaska in Anchorage in the early 1970s. She was also an avid reader of adventures, science fiction and mythology. She was curious about everything — especially if unusual.
“She was the kind of person that did not know a stranger. She loved people,” her family said. “It was easy for her to strike up a conversation and show interest to all.”
Ms. Thomson used to say that one of her life’s biggest joys had been to finally learn to fly when she was 53-years-old.
Ms. Thomson was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Harry.
She is survived by five children, Gary Thomson, Michele Guelixon, Chantal Sullivan-Myers, Erik Bove-Thomson, and Alita Reiss; and great-granddaughter Avery Michelle Reiss.
A memorial donation may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
As per Ms. Thomson’s request, no service was held.