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On Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, Dedie Thompson, loving wife and beloved member of her community, passed away at the age of 84. Dedie was born on April 15, 1936, in Raymond, Washington, to Mary and Henry Orkney as one of eight children: Marcella, Charlotte, Betty Jeanne, Henry, Mary Jane, Jack, and Bill. She attended Raymond High School, class of 1954. In 1957 she married Albert “Buck” Buckingham and for the next 26 years she helped raise his two daughters, Kathleen and Evie, until Buck’s passing in 1984. Afterward she would move back to Raymond to be with her family and community. Marrying Ray Thompson in 1993, the two would spend the next 27 years of marriage building their home at 1407 Fowler and travelling for over 20 of those years in their RV. Dedie had a passion for life and connection with her fellow man. She was a member of many organizations including the South Bend Eagles Auxiliary, Bell’s and Buoy’s RV Club, and the treasurer of the American Legion Auxiliary #150 for 20 years. She participated in numerous Cancer Walks with the Moses Lake to Spokane Walk-A-Thon, representing her perseverance and dedication as Dedie was the only participant to finish the entire distance. She started off in the rear and by days end she was clearly the group favorite, collecting friends on her way, helping each other to battle the hills and heat of Eastern Washington. Later, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, but just as she did […]