EARTH DAY – Pacific High School freshman Hailey Kane plants a Tlingit potato in a garden next to the U.S. Forest Service District office building on Halibut Point Road, Friday. More than a dozen Sitkans, including several from Pacific High's gardening class, helped plant the heirloom potatoes as part of local Earth Day events. This was the third year for the program which is a collaboration between the USDA Forest Service Ranger District and Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Program organizer Michelle Putz said the low-maintenance potatoes originated in Mexico or South America and have been planted in Tlingit gardens for more than 200 years. Last year the garden yielded 90 pounds of spuds. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Ann Marie Mirow Thompson

Ann Marie Mirow Thompson

Ann Marie Mirow Thompson, 82, died peacefully on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at home in Napavine, Wash., with her loved ones at her side, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

She was born June 21, 1934, to Hans and Madeleine Mirow in Nome, where her father owned and operated Mirow Air Service.

Following the sale of the family business to Alaska Airlines, Ann moved with her family to Napa Valley, Calif. In 1950 the family moved to Rockaway Beach, Ore., where Ann met the love of her life, V.C. “Bill” Thompson. They were married in 1952 and in 1955, they and their then three children moved to Edna Bay. In 1959 they moved to another logging camp in Rodman Bay.

By 1960 they were living in Sitka where, with Bill’s father, they owned and operated a crab cannery.  In 1962 Ann and Bill were partnered in what became Thompson Timber and Construction Co., with Ann serving as bookkeeper.  They moved the company to Centralia, Wash., in 1971 and operated it until 1993.

Ann always enjoyed gardening and was artistic throughout her life.  She opened Mostly Quilts in Chehalis, Wash., in 1989 and became an extremely good quiltmaker.

She also dearly loved the ocean and in retirement she and Bill enjoyed their homes at Rockaway Beach, Hood Canal and Napavine.

Ann was a wonderful wife of 65 years, an excellent business partner and a best friend to her devoted husband.  She will be remembered not only as a wonderful mother to her children, but for her compassion and caring and the many lives she touched. 


Ann is survived by her husband Bill Thompson at home in Napavine; son Michael Thompson of Anchorage; daughters Jane (Ed) Barragar of Walla Walla, Wash., Cindi Thompson of Napavine, and Linda (Rick) Vollertsen of Anchorage; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and many friends.


A celebration of Ann Thompson’s life was scheduled May 31 at Sticklin Funeral Chapel in Centralia, with refreshments following.

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